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Two Endangered Species Get A Second Chance

Two Endangered Species Get A Second Chance
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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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2:34PM PDT on Aug 24, 2011

always good to know

12:55AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Thank you for the good news.

6:49PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

I truly hope that this will be a very long-term success story!

7:07PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

FINALLY, some happy news!!!!!!!!!! So Many thanks for making my night!!!!!!! (Remember, Mums The Word On Location!)

7:07PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

FINALLY, some happy news!!!!!!!!!! So Many thanks for making my night!!!!!!! (Remember, Mums The Word On Location!)

7:06PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

FINALLY, some happy news!!!!!!!!!! So Many thanks for making my night!!!!!!! (Remember, Mums The Word On Location!)

7:05PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

FINALLY, some happy news!!!!!!!!!! So Many thanks for making my night!!!!!!! (Remember, Mums The Word!~)

7:54PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Fabulous news! I hope they make it for the long long run. I am so proud of Oregon - UNLIKE their neighbour to the northeast - Idaho- for recognizing the importance of an endangered animal. Hopefully their will be able to talk other states into protecting our wildlife and wild spaces!

7:18PM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Fingers crossed.

9:36PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Good news before go to bed ... Tks for sending/sharing an important matter for all us .....

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