Gibbons.. are small tree living apes native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia. They are an endangered species, threatened by a habitat loss of thousands of acres per day and a flourishing illegal wildlife trade.
Unlike most other primates gibbons are monogamous (mating for life) and live in single family groups. A Gibbon family unit will occupy a territory and defend its boundaries by a vigorous vocal and visual display. Mated Gibbons sing to each other in spectacular, almost bird-like duets, and occasionally the young will join in.
Gibbons are some of the world's greatest trapeze artists. They have the ability to swing and leap distances of 50 feet from tree to tree at speeds of up to 35 mph and the fact that they may be 200 feet above the ground does not seem to concern them.
The number of surviving gibbon species is generally put at between thirteen and fifteen, depending on how the sub-species are classified. Their colourations range from cream to brown, and grey to black. In some species the males and females have a sex-specific colouration, whilst the colours of infants in some species are different from the adults. They can be divided into four groups in terms of their physical characteristics.These are Crested Gibbons, Siamangs,hHoolock Gibbons and Agile Gibbons
Gibbons are “Old World Apes”. They have no tail and are found across Asia. Their New World, South American Contempories, such as Spider Monkeys have long prehensile tails which they can use to grip branches and for balance.
The largest gibbons are the Siamangs which are also the World’s loudest land mammals. Our gibbons are all White Handed Lar Gibbons and they are also quite vocal. Their singing carries long distances and this is how they are able to communicate in dense tropical forests in the wild.
The perfect gift for animal lovers, why not adopt a Gibbon
Animal adoption is a great way to support Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary, lasts all year and makes for a lovely treat or gift. Treat yourself or buy as a gift for the animal lover in your life.
Yoko and Bernie are great characters that you will see on your visit to Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary.. You will hear their call which is like warbling and they can be heard for miles around first thing on a nice sunny morning.
They really enjoy showing visitors how clever they are. Both like to show you how they can swing and dance. When they run around they wave my arms in the air because they are so long.
In the wild gibbons eat ripe fruit and new leaves and buds. Our food in the sanctuary is fruit, vegetables, boiled eggs, nuts and seeds.
The sanctuary rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals, especially primates, such as chimpanzees, gibbons, baboons, spider monkeys, vervets, capuchins, tamarins, macaques and marmosets.
Although we specialise in the care and protection of primates we cannot stand by and see other animals in need of help. You will therefore find meerkats, wolf dogs, horses, donkeys, pigs and others at our sanctuary. All are equally important members of our extended family.