Hoolock Gibbon ( Hylobates Hoolock )
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Hylobates Hoolock is truly an acrobatic animal. Its extremities enable it to make huge leaps and jumps all over the trees. It is not a problem to make 11 meters long leaps from one tree to another one. Its length is approximately 50 cm (23 inches) with the weight of 8 kg (17 lb). It is quite remarkable that it does not have any external tail. Its fur has got brownish colour. The head has got black and white colour. Its extremities with fingers give it a great agility.
The Hoolock gibbon can be found in Southeastern Asia where it lives in forests. It only rarely moves on the ground and most of the time it can be found up in the trees. While walking down on the ground, it moves on two legs while its forefeet (hands) balance the whole body. Gibbons tend to live in small family groups. In each group there are parents with their offspring.
Every morning the female gibbon makes a scream lasting about 15 minutes. The female waits for the answer, so another scream can be heard afterwards. The female gibbon gives birth to a single offspring. The gestation period lasts about 7 months. Its physical maturity is reached at the age of 10. At this age it can move from one branch to another one without any problems. The Hoolock gibbon feeds on fruit, grass and leaves. Its longevity is approximately 23 years.