Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

White-cheeked Gibbon


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Nomascus leucogenys
PROFILE:

Gibbons belong to a larger family called Hylobatidae, which derives from the Latin “dweller in the trees.” They are sexually dichromatic, which means males and females are different colors. Once they are mature, male white-cheeked gibbons remain black while females return to their roots, becoming blond once again! White-cheeked gibbons are critically endangered due to deforestation and hunting; it is thought they are now completely extinct in China.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Primate, Lesser ape
NATIVE TO:
southeast Asia: Laos People's Republic, Vietnam, and China (possibly extirpated)
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Critically endangered
DIET:
Frugivore (fruit eaters) and other parts of plants
LIFESPAN:
Wild - up to 28 years; zoos - up to 44 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Monogamous; usually in small family groups of 3 or 4 members.
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