18 Jul '11, 1am

Great news: 455 northern white-cheeked gibbons were spotted in Vietnam. Some say it's already extinct in China

Great news: 455 northern white-cheeked gibbons were spotted in Vietnam. Some say it's already extinct in China

Pu Mat National Park, Vietnam - Conservation International (CI) has discovered the largest known remaining population of the critically endangered northern white-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys ) in Vietnam. Through auditory surveying, a technique which uses the species loud morning calls for identification, CI has confirmed a substantial population of 130 groups (455 animals), making this the highest priority for conservation action for the species globally. (Photos are available for download here ) This newly censused population represents over two-thirds of the total population of the northern white-cheeked crested gibbon in Vietnam and is the only confirmed viable population of this species left worldwide. Historically distributed in China, Vietnam and Laos, this highly threatened primate is believed to be functionally extinct in China and the species situa...

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