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Red-cheeked gibbon

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Red-cheeked gibbon

DISTRIBUTION AND HABITAT

They are found in southeastern Asia, including southern Laos, eastern Cambodia, and central and southern Vietnam.

BEHAVIOUR

They live in family groups include male, female and their offspring. They are diurnal and arboreal. They range in weight between 7 and 11 kg and reach lengths between 60 and 80 cm. Males and females are similar size.

DIET

Red-cheeked bibbons feed mainly on fruit and leaves, sometimes flowers.

REPRODUCTION

This species is monogamous. Pregnancy lasts up to 7 months. They give birth one offspring at a time. Females nurse their young for up to two years. Infants are born with bright yellow fur, after few months their fur changes colour to black. Females revert to a yellowish colour around the time of sexual maturity. The offspring stay with the family unit for 6 to 8 years.

GOOD TO KNOW

They are known for their “singing”, used as a method of communication.

  • Latin name: Nomascus gabriellae
  • IUCN –Red List – EN – endangered
  • CITES – Appendix I
  • EEP – European Endangered Species Programme