Kaziranga National Park is a perfect shelter for Hoolock Gibbons and many other wildlife. Hoolock Gibbons are one of the most attractive creatures found in Kaziranga as they are the only species of ape available in the country. Kaziranga National Park is a famous place for witnessing Gibbons. Apart from this park, Gibbons are found in Gibbon wildlife sanctuary which is available in Mariani. So, if you too have a curiosity to meet this exclusive ape species of India, pack your bags and get on the way to Kaziranga this holidays.
Indeed, Hoolock Gibbons found in this park are remarkable primate species having 90 cms maximum height and 9 kgs maximum weight. It is interesting to see that the apes don't have a tail like all other ape species. They get longer arms that their legs. Often, the male Gibbons in this park have black complexion; whereas the female Gibbons have yellow-grey complexion. They are known for their shrill voice and usually found in 6 to 7 gibbons group moving from one branch to another.
Hoolock got their name from a famous word used in Assam state that is Ulluck. Ulluck means howl or a shrill call. It is heard that in some Assamese villages in olden times, the Hoolock Gibbons sharp voice was utilised to ensure the time in a day for example, in morning time, if Gibbons screamed, it was regarded the perfect time to go to field for farmers. However, in the noon time, the calling of female gibbon ensures the lunch time to locals.
The physical appearance of Gibbons is quite same as the Orangutans or Gorrillas; however, they do not have tail. The shape of their hands is like hooked or elongated that allows them to easily swing.
The female gibbon get small sac of throat to amplify vocal sound for calling male gibbons out while mating. So, sighting Hoolock Gibbons in Kaziranga National Park is a once in a lifetime experience that will definitely enhance your trip and make it memorable.
These wildlife species greatly prefer territorial living in groups and occupy an area of their home that ranges from 15 - 55 hectares. With loud howls, the male gibbons give protection to their territory and also, push intruders away from their territory. You must be amazed seeing Hoolock Gibbons singing in the Kaziranga National Park and they sing in groups as well as solo. Their singing is quite helpful to them to safeguard their territory and trees originating their food. It also helps in attracting mates for mating.