White-handed gibbon

Endangered

Kedua, Olga and Gégé are the park's 3 white-handed gibbons


Scientific name : Hylobates lar

Where do they live?

In northern and western Thailand, in northern Sumatra and in Burma.

Did you know?

They are very loyal
Gibbons mate for life and reproduce often if they have a good relationship. They spend at least 15 minutes a day delousing one another. To strengthen their relationship and to defend their territory, they use vocalisations that can be heard several kilometres away. The female, the dominate one in the couple, is always the one who finishes the vocalisations. Females are most often the ones that initiate mating.

White-handed gibbons live in numerous countries in Asia. It is one of the eleven species of gibbons. With the help of the agile and muscular paws of its feet and hands, this primate jumps and clings to the trees of the jungle like an acrobat. White-handed gibbons can travel up to 15 m through the branches in a single bound!
On the ground, white-handed gibbons walk upright, using their long arms for balance.

Height

65 to 85 cm.

Weight

5 to 8 kg.

Gestation period

210 days.

Life expectancy

25 years.

Keep up hope

Associations invested in the conservation of the species

Numerous associations work to help this endangered species in its native countries. In Thailand, the Kalaweit association (led by a young Frenchman) raises awareness daily among the Thai youth about the dangers the species faces. There are three aspects to their protection: they fight against deforestation, poaching and animal trafficking. The association has already protected 35,000 hectares of forests at two conservation centres for gibbons.