Pileated gibbon

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Common Name:
Pileated gibbon
Scientific Name:
Hylobates pileatus
Size: 64 cm (head & body length)
Weight: Up to 8 kg
Mammals
Herbivores
Native to Asia
Rain Forest

Conservation Status

Endangered

Pileated gibbons are endangered in their native Asian rainforests due to hunting for the food and pet trade and, of course, deforestation.  The clearance of vast tracts of trees for farming or for replanting with more commercially productive plants is a massive problem across many of Asia’s primate and bird habitats. 

Pileated gibbons mate for life and can produce one baby every two or three years.  Gibbons have a very distinctive call when communicating with each other.  The males’ call is abrupt and shrill, whilst the females’ tend to be louder and more noticeable.  They have special sacs under their chins which they inflate to produce the sounds.

Pileated gibbons enjoy sweet fruits including figs, but also feed on leaves, flowers and insects.  In the Zoo they are fed on carrots, seeds, fruit and vegetables with rice, boiled eggs and cheese as treats.

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As part of Step 2 of the national roadmap out of lockdown we are allowed to open once again.  

However, we will not be allowed to open most indoor areas: the indoor eating area of the cafe is closed, as are the indoor viewing area of animal houses including elephants, big cats, giraffes, small primates, gorillas and orangutans. These animals all have access to their outdoor enclosures, however they may take themselves inside during inclement weather.  Lemur Wood and Rainbow Landings remain closed.

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