From: $10.00 / month
Primarily Primates cares for four gibbons: Kimchi, Jose Maria, Junior and Sko-sho. Kimchi and Jose Maria are ex-pets. Junior was born at a Texas zoo in 1976 and Sko-sho is his daughter. In the wild, gibbons are found throughout the tropical forests of southeast Asia and Indonesia. Unlike the other apes—the heavyweight gorilla, chimpanzee and orangutan—gibbons weigh only 10 to 20 pounds, although their dense fluffy fur makes them appear bigger. It is mesmerizing to watch our gibbons use their strong, long, slender arms to swing along lightly and effortlessly in their habitat. Gibbons can leap distances of 30 feet or more. But perhaps the most striking thing about gibbons is the sound they make, especially the swooping high-pitch songs of the females. The clear hooting notes begin slowly, then swell and accelerate until they coalesce into an elaborate melody of great carrying power. When white-handed gibbon Junior vocalizes, care staff members say it sounds like he is singing the bass part in a choir of gibbons. Junior and Sko-Sho sing the most beautiful duets in the mornings that can be heard throughout the entire sanctuary.