Hope for Asian primates

Male Eastern black crested gibbon

The establishment of new reserves in China and Vietnam could save two of the world’s rarest primates, the cao vit gibbon and the Tonkin snub-nosed monkey. Just 110 cao vit gibbons and about 200 Tonkin snub nosed monkeys are thought to survive in the wild. The new sanctuary for the gibbons, the 6,500-hectare Bangliang Nature Reserve in China’s Guangxi Province, runs adjacent to Vietnam’s Cao Vit Gibbon Conservation Area, and more than quadruples the amount of protected forest for the gibbon. The cao vit gibbon currently lives mainly on the Vietnamese side of the border but it now can expand into China.

Video of cao vit gibbons:


The other protected area, in Khau Ca forest in northern Vietnam, is home to 90 Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys. The new 2,000-hectare reserve also supports a relatively pristine sub-tropical forest with a wide range of other wildlife. The wildlife charity Fauna and Flora International ( above photo), which works for wildlife protection in developing countries, was instrumental in establishing the new reserves.

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