Black-crested gibbon in tree foliage looking towards the camera

Black-crested gibbon

Black-crested gibbons are one of the most endangered primates on Earth, because 75% of their habitat has been destroyed. They survive in isolated pockets in China, Laos and Vietnam, oten in places that are almost entirely inaccessible for humans, and are famous for their melodic yodelling songs.

Scientific name: Nomascus concolor

Rank: Species

Common names:

Concolor gibbon

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Map showing the distribution of the Black-crested gibbon taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Black-crested gibbon can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Black-crested gibbon distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Mammals
  5. Primates
  6. Gibbons
  7. Nomascus
  8. Black-crested gibbon

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