Life Span: 25-30 years
Size: 47-65cm tall
Golden Young: When born these gibbons are a pale golden or buff colour, gradually darkening to black over their first two years. When the gibbons reach sexual maturity the males will remain black, while the females will revert to the buff colour.
Their bodies are highly adapted to arboreal life, with long arms and hands and hook-like fingers that help them swing through the forest. One way the gibbons move through the canopy is to swing from branch to branch, covering enormous distances with each swing. To help achieve this movement the gibbons have long fingers and a unique wrist structure. Their bodies are slender, to reduce weight, and they are often seen swinging through the air from tree to tree, even while carrying a new born baby
All gibbons produce elaborate and species specific songs, with males and females combining their songs to produce a duet.