Gibbons are found in the rainforests of southeastern Asia.
The gibbon's favorite food are fruits, but they also eat leaves, tree bark,
flowers, and plant shoots. They also occasionally eat bird eggs and
even small birds, insects, tree frogs and other small animals.
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.
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.