Last week proved to be big news for two endangered animals. A nearly extinct primate was discovered in a remote part of the world and endangered pygmy rabbits gave birth to babies in the wild for the first time in a decade.
Scientists with Conservation International made a remarkable discovery when they found 455 northern white-cheeked gibbons living in a remote portion of a forest inside Vietnam’s Pu Mat national park. It is the largest known remaining population of the critically endangered primate.
The gibbons were identified through “auditory surveying,” a technique that uses the “species loud morning calls” for identification. CI confirmed 130 separate groups (455 animals in total) living in the area which borders Laos.
Gibbons are on the brink of extinction throughout the world due to loss of habitat and hunters who sell their body parts for its alleged medical value.
Gibbons are called the most “romantic primates” because they mate for life and “serenade their partners with song.”
Ben Rawson, regional primate expert for Conservation International, who led the gibbon research project, said in a press release, “We are extremely excited about this discovery. Pu Mat was already important for its great diversity of species and for its benefits to the surrounding communities, and now it is a top priority for global gibbon conservation.”
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