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Sunday Species Snapshot: White-Cheeked Gibbon

white cheeked gibbon roger smith

These arboreal lesser apes evolved for life in the trees. But when people cut those trees down the gibbons had nowhere left to go. Species name: Northern white-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys). The northern and southern (N. siki) gibbons were only recognized as separate species a few years ago. Where found: Very small regions of Vietnam, [...]

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Satellite Reveals Possible Habitats for Rare Apes in China and Vietnam

Cao Vit Gibbon

Fan Peng-Fei of China’s Dali University was worried the first time he entered the forest habitat of the critically endangered cao vit gibbon (Nomascus nasutus). The isolated forest, skirting the China–Vietnam border, had been heavily degraded by years of agricultural development, firewood collection and charcoal production. What little forest remained provided poor habitat for the [...]

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Who Will Save the Last Hoolock Gibbons? [Video]

western hoolock gibbon male

Primates that spend their entire lives in trees tend not to survive after those trees are cut down. Sadly, that’s what’s happening in northeast India, where the forest habitats for one of the world’s rarest apes are rapidly disappearing. The western hoolock gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) has lost an estimated 90 percent of its population over [...]

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Illegal Deforestation Threatens the Last 23 Hainan Gibbons [Video]

The world’s final 23 Hainan black-crested gibbons (Nomascus hainanus) are making what may be their last stand in China, where their jungle habitat is being wiped out at a rate of 200,000 square meters a day, according to a new report from Greenpeace International. Hainan gibbons are the world’s rarest primates. Sixty years ago they [...]

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Bad news for crested gibbons, the forgotten apes

Crested gibbons are the world’s most endangered primates, and the world needs to take action immediately if we are to save these lesser apes from extinction, according to scientists who spoke last week at the International Primatological Society Congress in Kyoto, Japan. There are just seven species of crested gibbon, all of which are endangered. [...]

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