Largest Rare Gibbon Community Found in Vietnam

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Scientists from Conservation International have discovered the largest known remaining population of the northern white-cheeked gibbon in Pu Mat National Park, Nghe An Province, Vietnam. The rare species of talkative gibbons live in remote Vietnamese dense forests near the Vietnam-Laos border. These northern white-cheeked gibbons, which are isolated from human activity, are divided into 130 groups with population of 455 members in total. Dr Russell A. Mittermeier, Chair of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group and President of Conservation International, said “25 different gibbons are threatened.” and “Northern white-cheeked gibbons are now on the brink of extinction.” The occurrence lies on deforestation, hunting for food and traditional medicine. Hence, there will be a "serious threat" to the future of the rare primates.


The photo released by Conservation International in July 2011 captureds an adult male northern white-cheeked crested gibbon hanging at Pu Mat National Park, Nghe An province in Vietnam

The photo released by Conservation International in July 2011 captures an adult male northern white-cheeked crested gibbon hanging at Pu Mat National Park, Nghe An province in Vietnam


Reportedly, about 455 members of northern white-cheeked crested gibbon were found living in the Pu Mat National Park by the wildlife group Conservation International. This is the largest known remaining population of this primate

Reportedly, about 455 members of northern white-cheeked crested gibbon were found living in the Pu Mat National Park by the wildlife group Conservation International. This is the largest known remaining population of this primate


Unluckily, the newly discovered northern white-cheeked crested gibbon in Vietnam is in danger due to planned road developments nearby, hunting and logging

Unluckily, the newly discovered northern white-cheeked crested gibbon in Vietnam is in danger due to planned road developments nearby, hunting and logging


Adult female northern white-cheeked crested gibbon carrying little baby is captured with the male one

Adult female northern white-cheeked crested gibbon carrying little baby is captured with the male one


According to CI president Dr Russell Mittermeier, “This is an extraordinarily significant find, and underscores the immense importance of protected areas in providing the last refuges for the regions decimated wildlife”

According to CI president Dr Russell Mittermeier, “This is an extraordinarily significant find, and underscores the immense importance of protected areas in providing the last refuges for the regions decimated wildlife.”


The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species reports that the white-cheek gibbon numbers declines 80 percent in the last 45 years

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species reports that the number of white-cheek gibbons declines 80 percent in the last 45 years


The newly found ribbons in Vietnam live mainly near the Laos border. Vietnam had no documents of the larger population

The newly found gibbons in Vietnam live mainly near the Laos border. Vietnam had no documents of the larger population


Gibbons are said to be the

Gibbons are said to be the "most romantic" of primates. The animal mates for an entire life and even serenade their partners with songs

 

Baby White-cheeked Gibbon at Perth Zoo

 

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This article was published on 2011/07/19