White Handed Gibbon

Our White Handed Gibbon, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the White Handed Gibbon (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
White Handed Gibbon Facts
White Handed Gibbon
Hylobates lar

Life Span
Wild: 20 years
Captivity: 40 years
17-23 inches
Average Weight
10-20 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our White Handed Gibbon, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Gibbons are not monkeys; they are members of the ape family. Apes have well developed brains and lack tails.
  • They are true brachiates and use their long arms in a hand over hand motion to swing through the trees. They can also walk and run upright.
  • Gibbons have tough horny pads on their rear end for sitting on rough surfaces. Their fur may be brown, cream, or black regardless of gender or age. A gibbon’s fur color depends on genetic inheritance from its parents.
  • Gibbons have a gestation period of 7 months and have one infant at a time. The infant clings to the mother night and day. Infants begin brachiating, swinging through the branches, when they are about 6 months old.
  • They communicate through many vocalizations including song-like calls, warning barks, and distinct duets declaring territory.

Did You Know?

A gibbon has a varied diet that includes figs (when in season), other fruits, leaves, other parts of plants, insects, and bird eggs. They sometimes drink water that has collected in tree holes by cupping it in their hands.