Males are black with yellowish-brown to orange-brown cheeks and a brownish tinge on the chest. Females are yellow to yellow-reddish brown and have a dark brown patch of hair on the crown.
Found in Southern Vietnam and Southeast Cambodia.
HABITAT AND ECOLOGY
The Southern yellow-cheeked gibbon is found predominantly in wet evergreen and semi-evergreen lowland forests, but also found in mixed deciduous and bamboo forests. They are highly frugivorous and live in monogamous pairs with immature offspring.
The main threat to this species is hunting, predominantly for the pet trade, and to a lesser extent for traditional medicine and local consumption.
STATUS AND CONSERVATION
The species is listed in the 2007 Vietnam Red Data Book as 'Endangered' and is protected by law under Decree 32/2006 ND-CP:1B.
CITES Appendix I - this species is threatened with extinction and international trade is permitted only in exceptional circumstances.