Bornean white-bearded gibbon

The Bornean white-bearded gibbon, (Hylobates albibarbis), also known as the Bornean agile gibbon or southern gibbon, is a species of gibbon endemic to southern Borneo. It is an endangered species, due to the undergoing logging of the tropical forests, between the Kapuas and Barito rivers.[3] Additional issues are of concern to the endangerment of white-bearded gibbons and threatening to other arboreal primates.[4]

Bornean white-bearded gibbon[1]
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CITES Appendix I (CITES)[1]
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Hylobatidae
Genus: Hylobates
H. albibarbis
Binomial name
Hylobates albibarbis
Lyon, 1911
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Range of Bornean white-bearded gibbon (green)

The white-bearded gibbon is very similar to other gibbons in their behaviour and their frugivorous diet. The Bornean white-bearded gibbon was formerly considered a subspecies of the agile gibbon but based on recent DNA research, some now classify it as a separate species.[1][4][5]


Bornean white-bearded gibbon, (Hylobates albibarbis), Tanjung Puting National Park

The Bornean white-bearded gibbon is commonly seen with grey or dark brown fur, a black face, and white beard. Similar to other gibbons, these gibbons are a smaller ape that is tailless. They tend to live in small family groups consisting of a male, female, and their offspring. They express pair-bonding relationships and they do not make nests. Their mode of transportation is called brachiation, where they swing from branches to get around. They have been documented to swing up to 15 meters in a single leap and as fast as 55 kilometers per hour. Apart from other primates, all gibbons walk bipedally; holding their long arms over their heads.[6][7]

The average life span for a white-bearded gibbon is 25 years and grow anywhere from 17 to 25 inches. Male white-bearded gibbons weigh about 6.1 to 6.9 kg and females weigh 5.5 to 6.4 kg. Female white-bearded gibbons tend to reach sexual maturity in about 48 months.[8][9]


The Bornean white-bearded gibbons diet in the tropical forest tends to be frugivorous, where they depend on the abundant of fruit trees and figs; respectively, making their diet 65% fruit and 23% figs. They will occasionally supplement their diet with leaves and insects.[10][11]


Logging and mining have created a threatening environment in Borneo for gibbons and all arboreal creatures. Since gibbons rely on dense and tall forest areas for safety and for travelling, this is a leading problem for the survival of white-bearded gibbons. Additional threats for the white-bearded gibbon are forest fires due to global warming and climate change.[4]


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