Gibbons are the small apes that are grouped in the family Hylobatidae.
Also called the lesser apes, gibbons differ from great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and humans) in being smaller, pair-bonded, in not making nests, and in certain anatomical details in which they superficially more closely resemble monkeys than the great apes do.
Gibbons are masters of their primary mode of locomotion, brachiation, swinging from branch to branch distances of up to 15 m (50 ft), at speeds as much as 56 km/h (35 mph).
They can also make leaps of up to 8 m (27 ft), and walk bipedally with their arms raised for balance.
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