Animals of the rain forests are provided with a variety of habitats in the different layers of the forest trees. Some live at the top of the tallest trees while others live in the lower zones. 


Siamang Gibbon

Siamang Gibbon © bobosh_t CC BY-SA .20Siamang Gibbon: Hylobates syndactylus - Malaya and Sumatra

IUCN Red List Status: Endangered

The siamang is the largest of the seven kinds of gibbon, all of which live in the rain forests of southern Asia. Gibbons are the smallest members of the Ape family and they spend most of their life up in the trees. Their arm over arm movement through the tree tops (known as brachiation) has resulted in the gibbon having very long arms and rather short legs. The saimang stands about 3 feet tall, but their arm-span may be 5 feet. Alone among the gibbons, the siamang has a huge vocal sac on the throat which helps to produce a very loud (and often blood curdling) call. Food consists of fruit, leaves, insects, young birds and eggs.

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