Lar Gibbon Hylobates lar
Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Bangladesh
The Lar Gibbon is found in evergreen, semi-evergreen, and mixed evergreen-deciduous forest (sometimes known as “dry evergreen” forest, in the northern parts of their range), and is known to utilize regenerating secondary forest and selectively logged forest (Johns 1985). In northwestern Thailand, white-handed gibbons utilize patches of dry evergreen, mixed deciduous, and bamboo forest near Karen settlements if they are not hunted. The major threat to this species is hunting (having replaced even forest clearance as the top threat); they are hunted both for subsistence food use and for the pet trade (Bartlett 2007, Malone et al. 2001, Osterberg et al. 2014, 2015).
The Lar Gibbon is one of the most outgoing and gregarious of the gibbon species. Endangered in SE Asia from complex threats incl. #palmoil #deforestation, you can help them by making art and joining the #Boycott4WildlifeTweet
Originally tweeted by funky siamang (@gibbonluvr) on December 17, 2020.
Ongoing localized forest loss due to shifting agriculture and commercial plantations of palm oil poses a threat. On northern Sumatra, most of the lowland forests have been logged out and the threat of Ladia Galaskar, a network to link the west and east coasts of Aceh province, means that much of the remaining forest is at risk.
Numerous conservation efforts of these rarest of small primates are ongoing. Sponsor a gibbon at a rescue centre here.
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Brockelman, W & Geissmann, T. 2020. Hylobates lar. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T10548A17967253. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-2.RLTS.T10548A17967253.en. Downloaded on 05 February 2021.
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