Borneo's Endemic Primate: The Gibbon

December 06, 2011
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There are many places that travelers can go to see primates in action, but only one place where nature travelers on a Borneo tour can find the Bornean gibbon.

This primate is an endangered species, based on an estimated population reduction of more than 50 percent over the past three generations, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List (IUCN). The animals suffer from "rampant" habitat loss and over-utilization, and also fall victim to hunting, the wildlife trade and illegal hunting.

In Borneo’s Mulu National Park, however, these creatures dwell in a sanctuary alongside other primates such as pig-tailed and long-tailed macaques and three species of leaf monkey.

During International Expeditions’ 20-day journey into Borneo's lush parks and rainforests, guests may spot the Bornean gibbon munching on fruits that are high in sugar. They also have been known to eat immature leaves and insects.

The gibbon is one of 13 primate species that dwells on the island, and is one of the few that is endemic. These animals live in monogamous pairs and defend their territory by song.


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