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Hundreds Of Endangered Gibbon Discovered In Vietnam

Research scientists recently discovered that over two-thirds of the world’s population of†the critically-endangered northern white-cheeked crested gibbon are currently living in Vietnam.

Scientists working with Conservation International used auditory surveying,†a technique which uses the species’ loud morning calls for identification, to confirm a population of 455 animals, making it an immediate target for conservation action for the species globally.

According to CI, gibbons are territorial and communicate their boundaries with loud, elaborate and prolonged vocalizations. By recording these songs, data was gathered on the gibbon groups in the surveyed area and used to determine group numbers across the park. This relict population was discovered in remote, dense forest, at high altitudes on the Vietnam-Laos border, where they have been isolated from human populations. This latest discovery gives great hope for the future of this beautiful and unique primate.

“All of the world’s 25 different gibbons are threatened, and none more so than the Indochinese crested gibbons, eight of which, including the northern white-cheeked gibbon, are now on the brink of extinction,” said Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier, Chair of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group and President of Conservation International.†”This is an extraordinarily significant find, and underscores the immense importance of protected areas in providing the last refuges for the regionís decimated wildlife.”

Enjoy more photos of the playful gibbons below!

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All Images†© Terry Whittaker – provided by CI

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Beth Buczynski

Beth is a freelance writer and editor living in the Rocky Mountain West. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog or check out her blog.


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8:02AM PST on Mar 2, 2013

Great but sometimes i think it may be best not to advertise these new animal findings as there's always poachers lurking nearby just waiting. If that doesn't get them then there's always mans greed...DEFORESTATION. I have very little faith if any when it comes to these countries protecting both their wildlife and forests. Please protect these very special Gibbons.

7:14AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

Thanks for sharing.!!

5:29PM PDT on Jun 4, 2012


12:51PM PDT on Mar 30, 2012

Glad and sad to hear the news. Glad the Gibbons have a place to live, sad that this news has been released to the masses. I hope the govement keeps them well protected.

11:05AM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Good news. Proves we do not know it all and have a duty of care

9:11PM PDT on Aug 16, 2011

Bugger, discovery almost always means extinction!

5:09PM PDT on Aug 11, 2011

I hope we humans stay out of their way. We have to protect this precious place.

7:44PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

I don't know how forthcoming the discoverors have been with the location. Sure isn't mentioned in here. If there is money to be made protecting them, they'll be a lot safer. I can hope for that anyway.

12:34AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

hi everyone, please sign this petition and help!!

9:15AM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Now that humans have found them I don't suppose they'll last very long. What a shame it is.

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