Gibbon

There are two White Cheeked Gibbons at Wellington Zoo

Gibbon Information

How to tell them apart

Vilson our male Gibbon is black, and Robin the female is a beigey gold colour with a black tuft on top of her head. All gibbons start their lives the same light colour as Robin and as the males mature their fur turns black.

Spot the Gibbon

Gibbons move swiftly and gracefully through the trees and like to hang out high up in the branches. Look for them on the ropes or in the trees in their exhibit, otherwise they may be taking a rest in their hut in the middle of the island. There are two viewing areas for the Gibbons, you might miss the second one if you go to check out the Kiwi and Tuatara, but if you want to catch a glimpse of these two it is worth visiting both.

IUCN Conservation Status

Critically Endangered

Help Gibbons

From South East Asia, Gibbon habitat is under threat from deforestation. Choose FSC wood and paper products to help protect their homes.

Gibbon Video

Note the different calls of Vilson and Robin. Vilson’s call is a series of long calls, while Robin’s is a series of shorter ‘whoops’.

Note the different calls of Vilson and Robin. Vilson’s call is a series of long calls, while Robin’s is a series of shorter ‘whoops’.

Gibbon Photos