Today I want to write about one of the best climbers in the animal kingdom, the western hoolock gibbon.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These beautiful apes can grow to 64 cm tall. It’s easy to tell the males and females apart. The males are black with a white eyebrow, whilst females are a light tan colour, with dark brown on the side of the face and chest.
- Like other species of gibbons, western hoolock gibbons are very acrobatic and use their very long arms to travel between trees. This is called brachiation. They swing between branches and can travel at up to 56 kph.
- These guys live in pairs and are well known for their very loud, expressive calls, which help them defend their territory.
- They forage for food high in the forest canopy and eat fruit, flowers and leaves. They have an important role to play in dispersing fruit seeds throughout the forest through their poo.
- The western hoolock gibbon is found in eastern Bangladesh, northeastern India and northwestern Myanmar. They are considered endangered, mainly due to habitat loss as they are very reliant on forests for survival. They are also hunted for food.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about western hoolock gibbons?