Gibbons - Overview
Gibbons are known as the ‘lesser apes’. This, of course, has nothing to do with their importance, but is a reflection of their small size compared to the other ‘great’ apes. Although small in size, Gibbons are notorious for their larger than life singing that can be heard from over a mile away in the dense forest.
Gibbons are found throughout Asia in countries including: Burma, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Thailand, and Viet Nam.
These magnificent apes exhibit highly social behavior and live in small familial groups comprising of a male, female and their young.
Gibbons are ‘the masters’ of brachiation, and they have been observed to swing from branch to branch at heights of up to 50 feet at speeds of 35 miles per hour. This makes Gibbons the fastest most nimble tree-dwelling mammal in the world!
Like much of Asia’s wildlife, many Gibbons are at risk of extinction. In the blogs to follow we will discuss more species in detail and some of the most serious threats that these animals face today.
What Does It Mean?
from brachium (Latin for: arm), a form of locomotion, where one swings from arm to arm.
Defined as the ending of existence of a species. In relation to the IUCN Red List, the classification of Extinct is defined as no longer existing in the wild.
What you can do?
I’ve given you a brief on Gibbons; find out more on this amazing family of primates. Can you learn about 5 species before my next blog…?
It is not cool to take your picture with primates in the exotic pet/ tourism trades. Say no to photos and tell your friends.
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Written by Kaitlyn-Elizabeth Foley as part of her February 2012 Letters from the Field blog series.