Rare Gibbons Discovered in Vietnam
Rare Gibbons Found in Vietnam
On Wednesday the 4th of March 2009 it was announced that a recent survey by conservationists of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in central Vietnam has found as many as thirty families of the endangered Southern White Cheeked Gibbon Nomascus siki. This is very good news as there are probably fewer than thirty animals of this species in captivity.
The national park, located some 250 miles south of Hanoi is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This important discovery means that greater protection from the wildlife trade can be given and ensure the species survival in the wild. This attractive little primate can only be found in Vietnam and Laos and its disappearance would be a sad loss.
Red Shanked Douc Langurs Pygathrix nemaeus , another very attractive primate were also found in the area by researchers from Cologne Zoo and Vietnam.