Lar Gibbon | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Lar Gibbon

Hylobates lar


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

Part of the primate family, the Lar Gibbon can be found in the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. Living in small family groups, Lar Gibbons are typically covered in blonde or dark brown fur with white hands, and have a ring of white hair around their face. This species is listed as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN Red List, the illegal pet trade in Southeast Asia adversely affecting the numbers in the wild.

Native Range →

Sothern Southeast Asia

Natural Habitat  →

Tropical Forests

Diet  →

Leaves and vegetation, small vertebrates and birds

Life Expectancy  →

25 years in the wild. 30-40 years in zoos

Breeding  →

1 young from a 7-8 month gestation period

Group Name  →

Family

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, illegal pet trade

Fun fact

Lar Gibbons can bridge a gap of 50 feet at 35 miles per hour in a single swing. This ability makes them the fastest arboreal mammals that do not fly.

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