Lar gibbon

Female at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Like other gibbons, the white-handed or the lar gibbon (Hylobates lar) is an expert at traveling in the trees. Arms that are longer than its legs allow the gibbon to cover a great distance—nearly 10 feet—with each pendulum swing of its body. Forward-facing eyes provide it with the binocular vision and depth perception necessary to determine a safe route.


  • Pronunciation: GIB-un
  • Where to see them: Soytheast Asia
  • Weight: 10 to 17 lbs
  • Lifespan: 30 yrs
  • Habitat: Tropical forest
  • Diet: Fruits, leaves, insects, and flowers
  • Risk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Lower risk/near threatened)
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