Rare gibbon species found in North Vietnam

A community of 455 rare gibbon species have been found in Pu Mat National Park in the northern province of Nghe An, according to  Conservation International (CI).

This is the largest community of white-cheeked crested gibbons (Normascus leucogenys) which have been found living at high altitudes and far from human settlements on the borders of Laos.

Gibbons, believed extinct in China, are currently found in Laos and Vietnam, said CI president Dr Russell Mittermeier. However, numbers in Laos have not been identified because of lack of research in the country.

White-cheeked gibbons eat mostly fruit, leaves, buds and flowers, occasionally feeding on eggs, young birds and insects. These mammals move and feed primarily atop tropical forest canopies, rarely descending to the ground.

By P.Phan – Compiled by Kim Khanh

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