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northern white cheeked gibbon monkey
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Northern White-Cheeked Gibbon

White-cheeked gibbons are critically endangered, and their numbers have declined by 80 percent or more over the past 45 years, primarily due to habitat loss and poaching. The Houston Zoo is helping save primates around the world (Asia, Africa, South America) by working to mitigate human-wildlife conflict by investing in local communities, equipping anti-poaching patrols, protecting and restoring habitat through reforestation initiatives led by locals, and providing for expert veterinary care to heal and rehabilitate sick and injured primates.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Nomascus leucogenys


Tropical rainforest in southeast Asia, primarily in Laos, Vietnam, and Southern China

Location in the Zoo

Wortham World of Primates

Cool Animal Fact

These arboreal primates swing through the treetops in a movement called “brachiation,” using their long arms to swing from branch to branch.

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