White-cheeked Gibbon

Dweller of the Canopy

I took this photo of a peculiar male Northern White-cheeked Gibbon at the Minnesota Zoo.  This fellow stared straight at me from his perch which was quite far away.  Was it my black and white striped outfit?

Some Facts: This species of Gibbon is sexually dimorphic meaning that males and females have different colorings and sizes from the opposite gender. The males are entirely black with white sideburns and a prominent tuft on their head.  Females have a reddish-tan color and lack the cranial tuft of the males.  These guys are an endangered species found in Southeast Asia.  Some 455 Northern White-cheeked Gibbons were recently discovered living in Pù Mát National Park of Northern Vietnam.

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