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Monkeyland Gibbon

Gibbons are apes in the family Hylobatidae. Gibbons occur in tropical and subtropical rainforests from northeast India to Indonesia and north to southern China, including the islands of Sumatra, Borneo and Java. One unique aspect of gibbon physiology is that the wrist is composed of a ball and socket joint, allowing for biaxial movement. This greatly reduces the amount of energy needed in the upper arm and torso, while also reducing stress on the shoulder joint. Sometimes when a gibbon is swinging their wrist will naturally dislocate until the gibbon finishes its swing. This picture was taken at Monkeyland, near Birds of Eden, outside Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.
For more info see: Monkeyland Website or Birds of Eden Website

Monkeyland Gibbon