The Hainan gibbon is one of the rarest monkeys in the world, possibly on the brink of extinction. There are only twenty-six left in existence; including three babies born this year. And, all of these are all living within the confines of the Bawangling National Nature Reserve on the tropical island of Hainan in the South China Sea.
These delightful apes are sexually dimorphic. Mature males are almost totally black, with occasional pale cheeks, and mature females are a pale golden colour with odd dark patches on the body and a black crest on the head. Both have long arms and legs and no tail.
They swing through the trees using a movement known as brachiation; something gibbons seem far more skilled at than any other species. They swing hand over hand, carrying their long, slender bodies forward. With their powerful muscles and supple joints, they do the job…
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