Agile gibbons

Hylobates agilis
Gibbons Acrobatic. Vocal. Distinctive.
Type mammal
Size 45cm
Weight 5.8kg
Diet ominvore
  • Summary

    Bristol is home to two agile gibbons; Samuel and Duana.

    Agile gibbons are light and mobile arboreal (tree-dwelling) apes, with slender bodies, long arms and no tail.

    Their fur varies from very dark brown to a light buff, with white hands, feet and brows. Male agile gibbons can be distinguished from the females by their striking white cheeks. Their specialised thumbs are not attached to their palms, like our hands, but join at the wrist, allowing for more flexible movement.

  • Dietary

    Agile gibbons are omnivores and are fed mostly fruit but also leaves and insects.

    Agile gibbons can swing up to 3m and leap more than 9m. This rapid and direct form of locomotion enables them to exploit dispersed food sources and to defend a large territory.

  • Habitat

    Agile gibbons are from tropical rainforests or dry tropical forests in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand.

    Their home territory usually covers about 25ha (about 30 football pitches). It is defended from neighbouring families, usually by displays and songs that can carry over several kilometres. Gibbons rarely come down to the ground, but will walk upright on two legs when they do, holding their long arms above their heads for balance.

    Animal Habitat Range

  • Conservation

    Habitat fragmentation and deforestation from mining, logging and farming have caused severe decreases in gibbon populations. Agile gibbons are also popular in the pet trade in Asia.

    Agile gibbons are listed as Endangered. Bristol Zoo currently has a pair of agile gibbons - it is important to keep this species in human care to maintain a population should they become extinct in the wild.

    IUCN Red List species link

  • Did you know...

    Gibbons pair for life and sing a duet everyday to strengthen their bond. Every pair's call is unique to them.

  • Where to find us at Bristol Zoo

    You can find our agile gibbons on Gibbon Island, opposite Gorilla Island and our North American river otters

    Bristol Zoo Gardens Map

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