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    Lar Gibbons are found in the rainforests of southeastern


    The lar gibbon's favorite food are fruits, but they also eat
    leaves, tree bark, flowers, and plant shoots.   
    Occasionally they will eat bird eggs and even small birds,
    insects, tree frogs and other small animals.


    Lar gibbons spend almost all of their time in the treetops
    of the rainforest.  They even sleep there, resting in the
    forks of branches.  Their long fingers and strong hands
    allow them to swing through the trees quickly and
    gracefully.  This behavior is known as brachiating.
    Because they are not able to swim, different types of
    gibbons are isolated in different areas by large rivers.  
    Staying high in the trees protects the gibbon from its few
    natural predators.  


    Lar gibbons range in color from light sandy blonde to
    dark brown.  They have thick, fluffy fur and slim bodies
    that are built for swinging from trees.  Adult gibbons
    average around 15 pounds.  They have no tail.

Reproduction and Life Span

    Gibbons are one of only a few species of primates that
    mate for life.  The female gestation period lasts about 7
    months and she will usually give birth to one offspring at
    a time.  Twins are rare.  Young gibbons will stay with
    their parents in a family unit until they are old enough to
    venture off on their own and start their own family.  
    Gibbons typically live to between 25 - 40 years of age.  
    They normally live longer in captivity than in the wild.  
Lar Gibbon
(Hylobates lar)
Kingdom:   Animalia
Phylum:   Chordata
Class:   Mammalia
Order:   Primates
Family:   Hylobatidae
Genus:   Hylobates
Species:    lar
IUCN Status:
Lower Risk to Near
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