Sketch of the day: Southeast Asian siamang gibbon

siamang gibbon

A siamang gibbon eating at the Adelaide Zoo. An oil pastel sketch completed on textured Canson paper.

These tree-dwelling gibbons are a threatened species, facing severe habitat loss in Malaysia and Sumatra due to the palm oil industry, illegal logging, human encroachment, forest fire, poaching and hunting. The siamang possess a large throat sac which allows them to make very loud and distinctive calls – check out this BBC Nature site if you’ve not seen or heard these amazing performances.

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