Kingdom : Animalia
                     Class : Mammalia
                  Family : Hylobatidae
   Scientific Name : Hylobatidae

                       Size : 50 - 90cm (19.6 - 35in)
                  Weight : 6 - 9kg (13.2 - 19.8lbs)
            Top Speed : 56km/h (35mph)
             Life Span : 25 - 40 years

                 Colour : Black, Brown, White,
                                 Grey, Yellow
            Skin Type : Hair
 Special Features : Very long arms and
                                 lightweight body
  1. Gibbons are small apes found in the South-East Asian Forests and Jungles.
  2. They belong to the lesser ape family and are known to be related to the great apes.
  3. There are around 10 species of Gibbon in the world varying in their color but being otherwise quite similar.
  4. They are quite small and lightweight, growing to be around 90cm and weighing around 7kg.
  5. Their being lightweight helps them in leaping from one tree to another.
  6. They are arboreal animals spending most of their lives on trees.
  7. A life on trees gives them the double advantage of safety from predators and abundance of food.
  8. Distinctively, they have extremely long hands, which are even longer than their legs.
  9. Their long arms help them balance while walking on branches and also helps them move among the trees.
  10. Interestingly, they are the fastest tree-dwelling, non-flying animals in the world.
  11. Incredibly, they can swing up to 15m and leap up to 8m; and they move at speeds touching 35mph.
  12. They are omnivores feeding mainly on ripe fruits and occasionally on insects, eggs, spiders, small birds and reptiles.
  13. Their natural predators are leopards, large snakes and birds of prey.
  14. They live in troops comprising the alpha male and female and their offspring.
  15. The mating pairs stay together and mat for life.
  16. The baby Gibbon is born after a 7-month gestation and is looked after by its parents till one year.
  17. Most of the Gibbon species are either threatened or extinct because of habitat loss through deforestation.

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