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Nomascus gabriellae | Southern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon


Great spot: Cat Tien National Park, Dong Nai Province, Vietnam



Taxonomy & Occurrence

Nomascus gabriellae is a monotypic species (no subspecies). It occurs in Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Vietnam.


IUCN Conservation Status 








Video by Andie Ang (watch HD in Vimeo)

Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam

Seeing this Species


Males and females are different in color. A male is black in color, while a female is blond. Wha's interesting is, all infants are born blond, so if it is a male, it turns from blond to black with distinguishing golden cheeks when sexually mature. If it is a female, it is born blond to blend into its mother's fur, but later turns black and turns back to blond at sexual maturity, with a black cap on the top of its heads.  





Mom and baby gibbon feeding

Video by Andie Ang (watch HD in Vimeo)

Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam

Cát Tiên National Park, Đồng Nai Province, Việt Nam

Getting to this park may not be straightforward, but definitely worth it. First, get a bus ticket from the Mien Dong Bus Station in Saigon (292 Dinh Bo Linh street of Binh Thanh district; ~USD$6). At booths 4 and 5, you may purchase a ticket heading towards Lam Dong Province. After 4-5 hours of rough ride (but we personally find it exciting), the bus terminates in the middle of this road junction, but fret not. Follow the sign towards "Nam Cat Tien". You will walk for ~1km until you see a ferry terminal. Here, hop onto a boat (for free), and after 2 mins, you arrive at Cat Tien National Park!


Probability of success: ◆ ◆ ◆ ◇ ◇


Overlapping species: Pygmy Loris, Long-tailed Macaque, Northern Pig-tailed Macaque, Black-shanked Douc, Annamese Silvered Langur


Other sites:

Seima Biodiversity Conservation Area, Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia

It may have the largest group of this species in the world.


Overlapping species: 


Local contacts

Park ranger Mr Thuan and Ms Minh watching gibbons (& posing)

© Andie Ang

Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam

One of the biggest trees in the park

© Andie Ang

Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam


Page Last Updated: 11 February 2019

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