Pileated Gibbon

(Hylobates pileatus)


Pileated Gibbon IUCN ENDANGERED (EN)


Facts about this animal

The Pileated Gibbon has a long, dense and shaggy fur. The colour of the males is black with white back to the hands and feet and white head ring. Females are silvery grey with black chest, cheeks and cap. Sexual dimorphism occurs only in the fur colour. They have a bare and dark pigmented face. Females weigh about 4.9-6.2 kg and males 5.3-6.7 kg. Reasons for the decline of the Pileated Gibbon include habitat loss, especially due to logging and agriculture, as well as hunting for food and the pet market.

Did you know?
That gibbons drink by licking their wet fur after dipping their hands into water or rubbing them against wet foliage?


Suborder SIMIAE
Name (Scientific) Hylobates pileatus
Name (English) Pileated Gibbon
Name (French) Gibbon à bonnet
Name (German) Kappengibbon
Name (Spanish) Gibón de cresta negra
CITES Status Appendix I
CMS Status Not listed



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Gerald Cubitt



Range Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand, Viet Nam
Habitat Tropical rainforest
Wild population 12,000 individuals in Thailand (2004-2005), Cambodia would be approximately 35,000, while Laos PDR have the smallest population (Red List IUCN 2011).
Zoo population 106 registered by the International studbook (2004, incomplete data from Asia), 64 reported to ISIS

In the Zoo

Pileated Gibbon


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 33 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Why do zoos keep this animal

The Pileated Gibbon is rated vulnerable, and its habitat is shrinking and deteriorating continuously. With a view of building up a viable reserve population, an International Studbook has been established in 1990 under the WAZA umbrella, and coordinated conservation breeding programmes are operated at the regional level by AZA, EAZA and JAZA.