White Cheeked Gibbon

All gibbons are classified as endangered.


They move and feed mainly in the upper and middle levels of the canopy and almost never come down to the ground. Families often feed together in trees.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Like all gibbons, White-cheeked gibbons live in small, monogamous families composed of a mated pair and up to four offspring. They are physically independent at about three, mature about six and usually leave the family group at about eight, though they may spend up to ten years in their family group. The White-cheeked gibbon has extremely long arms and legs. The male is black and the female is a cream colour. They have patches of lighter fur on their cheeks, though this is hard to distinguish on the female.

Key Facts

Family:
Hylobatidae
Diet:
Mostly ripe fruits, leaves, and a small amount of invertebrates.
Life Span:
28 years wild | 50 years captivity
Distribution:
Laos, Vietnam, and southern China in evergreen tropical rainforests and monsoon forests.
Did you know?
They can cover more than ten feet in a single swing between branches, and leap 20 feet from a standstill.

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