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

52 comments

Natasha Salgado
Past Member 4 years ago

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.

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Jaime  Alexande Alves
Jaime A5 years ago

Thanks for sharing.!!

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Brianna B.
Brianna B5 years ago

thanks

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Dee D.
De D5 years ago

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.

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Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies5 years ago

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

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Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener6 years ago

Bugger, discovery almost always means extinction!

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Debbie L.
Debbie Lim6 years ago

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

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Mary L.
Mary L6 years ago

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.

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Spoorthi B.
Spoorthi BS6 years ago

hi everyone, please sign this petition and help!!
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/heidi---a-girl-of-the-alps/

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Shirley E.
Shirley E6 years ago

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

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