The species appear similar to a bear, sloth or ape. They have two long arms, two legs, but no tail. The fur on their chest, arms and head is black, aside from their white faces. Their lower body hair is grey, with black marks on their belly. Males have several horns on their head, which females lack.
Their diet consists mainly of fruit. They are able to make simple tools and structures, live in caves, and can cook. They can also carve stone statues, and make art. They are shown to form strong family bonds.