White-Handed Gibbon

Perhaps my favourite of all the animals at Oakland Zoo are the white-handed gibbons. A native of south-east Asia, these primates have the distinction of being the only higher primates to form pair bonds (excluding humans).

This one was perched at the very top of the highest tree on their little island. Since they will not go in water at all, a small moat is all that is needed to keep them from escaping. This makes them a lot easier to photograph, if only they’d keep still long enough 🙂

This is also the first shot I’ve posted here taken with my new Canon 75-300mm lens (complete with the image stabilisation feature). My initial reaction is that I love it, and while IS works well, for the 300mm shots the tripod I took with me to the zoo was still very useful.

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