Lar Gibbon

The Lar Gibbon or white-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar) is an ape that swings through the trees using its long arms like pendulums until it works up enough swing to carry it to the next tree. This method is called brachiation.  Gibbons are able to leap distances of 50 feet (15m) up to 35 mph. When they walk on large branches or on the ground they raise their arms for balance. On this site you will find more information about keeping lar gibbons in captivity.


Lar Gibbon Care Sheets

General Information





Gibbon Species:

Agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis)
Black gibbon (Hylobates concolor)
Bornean gibbon (Hylobates muelleri)
Capped gibbon (Hylobates pileatus)
Crested gibbon (Hylobates concolor gabriellae)
Dark-handed gibbon (Hylobates agilis)
Hoolock gibbon (Hylobates hoolock)
Kloss’s gibbon (Hylobates klossi)
Lar (or white-handed) gibbon (Hylobates lar)
Mentawai gibbon (Hylobates klossi)
Pileated gibbon (Hylobates pileatus)
Silvery gibbon (Hylobates moloch)
White-browed gibbon (Hylobates hoolock)
White-cheeked gibon (Hylobates concolor leucogenys)

How to diaper a monkey

March 1, 2015 5:45 am

how to diaper a monkey

Amongst primate owners, the most commonly known method of diapering is the tail hole method but more and more primate owners are switching over to the tail wrap method. Since I’ve used both methods myself and don’t really have a particular preference, I reached out to other primate owners to find out why they prefer one method over the other. Before we go into more details, I’ve recorded a short video to demonstrate the difference between both methods. After that we’ll talk about diaper covers, different diaper brands, and what monkey parents are doing to prevent diaper rash.


Posted in baboon, bush baby, capuchin, chimpanzee, gibbon, macaque, marmoset, owl monkeys, primate care, savanna monkey, squirrel monkeys, tamarin

The feeding of Primates

December 29, 2011 8:34 pm

By Ivan Crab

During recent years, the feeding of PRIMATES has undergone significant changes, as more has been discovered about their nutritional needs.   The pets market of today provide different “monkey pellets” , pelleted diets they are usually well balanced but they can not by given at the expense of a varied diet.

It is no coincidence that when breeding began in earnest during the 1950s, it was the OLD WORLD species which reproduced most successfully in collections. This is because MONKEYS such as the MACACA species were best-suited to thrive and breed on a diet composed of little more than vegetables and fruits.

The needs of other species are more complex. Certainly in captivity they thrive when offered a diet which contains a relatively high proportion of vegetables and fruit. more...

Posted in baboon, bush baby, capuchin, feeding, gibbon, lemur, macaque, marmoset, owl monkeys, squirrel monkeys, tamarin

How to diaper a monkey

July 18, 2005 7:21 am

By Sherry Freeman

When we first go into Sammy’s room, she stands with her back to me and holds onto the door to her cage while I take her belt and diaper off.


Posted in capuchin, gibbon, lemur, macaque, owl monkeys, squirrel monkeys

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