Life Span: 25-30 years, but 50+ in captivity!
Built to Swing: Gibbons are arboreal (live in trees) and are well adapted to this environment. They have extremely long arms, and move through the canopy by swinging between branches. To help achieve this movement gibbons have long fingers and a unique wrist structure. Their bodies are slender, to reduce weight, and they are often seen brachiating through the air from tree to tree, even while carrying a new born baby.
Beautiful Song: All gibbons produce elaborate and species specific songs, with males and females combining their songs to produce a duet. The duet helps to maintain the pair bond as well as to establish and maintain territory. The duet is dominated by the female, who is also generally the dominate member of the pair. Taronga’s Muller’s gibbon Mary can be heard singing every morning from almost all areas of the Zoo!
Seed Dispersal: Gibbons play an important role in dispersing seeds throughout their habitat, travelling almost a kilometre a day.