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young white-cheeked gibbon
Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer

An infant white-cheeked gibbon clings to its mother at Gibbon Ridge.

Gibbons are unusual because unlike 94 percent of all other primate species, they are monogamous, living in small families composed of a mated pair and up to four offspring.

Gibbons are physically independent at about three, mature at about six, and usually leave the family group at about eight years of age.

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