Wild Animals

Gibbon

posted: 04/29/14
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Gibbon
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Gibbon!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Forests in Southeast Asia

What I Like to Eat: Plants like figs and fruit trees and small birds, insects and reptiles

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: Our senses are parallel to humans - hearing, sight, smell taste and touch. We even see in color like humans.

Who We Are: An acrobatic group of primates who dwell and swing from tree to tree.

Behavior: We are active in the daytime so instead of being nocturnal creatures, we are diurnal creatures. We are rarely seen on the ground because there's no need. All of our food is found above ground.

My Favorite Body Part: We love our extremely long arms that are longer than our legs.

We are Family: We are a monogamous bunch. Our family unit -- which is called a troop -- typically consists of two parents and the young children. Once we find a particular dwelling to call home, we will protect it from other animals by making loud calls that are heard for miles throughout the forest. Both parents care for the young gibbons until they are about one, and the mother alone until her baby reaches age six or seven and can start a family of its own.

Color Changes: Our baby gibbons are born with blonde fur. However, when they reach the age of two, the blond fur color changes to black fur. When the babies grow to become adults, male gibbons keep their black coat of fur while the female gibbons fur colors change back to blonde.

Predators: Leopards, large snakes and certain birds. The White-Cheeked Gibbon is on the endangered species list due to hunting and the loss of habitat.

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