Rare Ape Species Discovered in Asia

A new species of ape was discovered by German scientists in the rainforests of southeastern Asia. It is a new species of crested gibbon, which is one of the most endangered primates globally.The newly discovered ape is the northern buff-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus annamensis). In the above photo the male is on the left and the female on the right.

Cristian Rooz, from the German Primate Centre said, “An analysis of the frequency and tempo of their calls, along with genetic research, show that this is, in fact, a new species.” He also noted their calls could be a precursor to the music made by people. (Source: Associated Press) You can hear an audio sample from the new gibbon.

Previously it was believed there were six crested gibbon species, but now it has been shown there are seven. The region where they were discovered is known for its biodiversity. In 2005, the Vietnamese Primate Journal published information on the discoveries of five different primate species there, including three lemurs, one macaque, and a managabey.

Unfortunately, crested gibbons are endangered and living in very small populations. For example, the Cao Vit Gibbon is believed to be down to 110 individuals. The main threat to them has been habitat loss, with some pressure from hunting. The Hainan gibbon is even rarer. Only about twenty are estimated to be alive, living on an island in China. It is the world’s rarest ape species.

Scientists do not know how many of the new northern buff-cheeked gibbons there are. “The crested gibbons are the most threatened group of primates and all species require urgent attention to save them from extinction,” said Dr Thomas Geissmann, a crested-gibbon expert. (Source: BBC)

Gibbons live in trees and eat fruits. They are known for their tremendous agility and acrobatics.

Image Credit: Tilo Nadler, Endangered Primate Center, Vietnam

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79 comments

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

amazing

Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado3 years ago

Although i'm thrilled for this news i caanot help but wonder how long it will be before Man ventures here for all the wrong reasons. I hope these sweeties are left in peace as they are now. Man keep those filthy paws away!!!!

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies4 years ago

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

Lauren Tebo
Lauren Tebo4 years ago

Cute, such distinct coloring!

Mary L.
Mary L.5 years ago

The difference in color between the male and female is remarkable.

Bette M.
Bette M.5 years ago

Man simply needs to disappear to save these great creatures......

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life in 2011........

Beth M.
Beth M.5 years ago

Beautiful!

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Dan B.
Dan Brook5 years ago

Very cool.

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Dan B.
Dan Brook5 years ago

Very cool.

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