Tropical forests of southern and Southeast Asia.
Fruits, leaves, small vertebrates, including birds and their eggs.
Lar gibbons live in small family groups of a male, female and several youngsters. Each family has a 'territory' which is reclaimed each morning by yelling at the neighbours!
A single youngster is born after a gestation of 210 - 240 days (7 - 8 months).
Rapid loss of habitat due to logging and agriculture and capture for the pet trade.
There are rehabilitation sanctuaries within Thailand for the lar gibbon. The population in European zoos is managed co-operatively.
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- Latin Name: Hylobates lar
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Hylobatidae
- Conservation status: Endangered
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