Lar Gibbon

The Lar Gibbon is also known as the White-Handed Gibbon. It inhabits the tropical rainforests of Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and possibly a small area in China. It is an arboreal animal, living in the upper canopy of the forest and seldom if ever coming to the ground. It has the largest north south range of any gibbon.

They are 45 – 50 cm (18 -20 in) tall. Males weigh about 5.7 kg (12.5 lb) and females average 5.3 kg (12 lb).   They live in family groups which consist of a mated pair and their offspring. They are territorial and defend their domain by loud vocalization which begins early each morning near the edge of the territory.

Lar Gibbons consume fruit for about 50% of their diet. They also eat leaves, flowers, shoots, buds, insects and eggs. Females give birth to a single offspring at a time. Their life expectancy is 25 – 30 years.

Lar Gibbon @ Safari Niagara

  • There are 8 Lar Gibbons living at Safari Niagara.
  • Some were born at our facility.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hylobatidae
Genus: Hylobatas
Species: H. lar

Did you know?

  • Lar Gibbons are considered an endangered species primarily due to loss of Habitat because of logging.