Lar gibbon

(Hylobates lar)

STATUS
Endangered

SIZE
Height: 43–62cm
Weight: 4.5–6kg

AGE
25 years in the wild and up to 40 years in captivity.

HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Found in the tropical rainforests of southern Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Southern China to Eastern Burma.

WHAT THEY EAT
Fruit makes up about half of their diet, but they also feed on leaves, insects, flowers, stems and buds. They are quite fussy as they only eat ripe fruit and new buds and leaves; having said that, they may also eat the occasional bird!

Found in the tropical rainforests of southern Asia, including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Southern China to Eastern Burma.

Animal Facts

  • The Lar Gibbon can cover distances of 15 metres in a single swing and reach speeds of up to 35 mph.
  • Although this species has no tail, they are remarkably good at balancing and can walk upright along branches using only their arms held upwards to aid their balance.
  • They have a call so loud it can be heard up to 2 miles away! The rainforest in southern Asia is being destroyed at the alarming rate of 32 acres per minute.
  • This species lives in the upper canopy of the rainforest and rarely if ever comes down to the ground.
  • At night they sleep sitting up in ‘sleeping trees’ exclusive to their group.

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens