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New Crested Gibbon Species Discovered in Vietnam

November 10, 2010 by Khiri Travel |

Scientists believe they have discovered a new species of crested gibbon in the central Annamite mountain range of Vietnam.

Scientists believe they have discovered a new species of crested gibbon in the central Annamite mountain range of Vietnam. Its provisional name is the “Northern Buffed-Cheeked Gibbon”. Crested gibbons occur in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and parts of southern China. They are mainly found in the forests east of the Mekong river. It seems that the Western Black Gibbon is the only species that has migrated west across the upper Mekong.New_gibbon-species-x600

This new gibbon species was provisionally named the “Northern Buffed-Cheeked Gibbon”, a member of a critically endangered primate species of Southeast Asia.

Crested gibbons occur in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and parts of southern China. They are mainly found in the forests east of the Mekong River. Some species of gibbons occur only in Vietnam. It seems that the western black gibbon is the only species that has migrated west across the upper Mekong.

The new species is characterized by distinctive patches of gold or white fur around the cheeks that reaches up towards the gibbon’s ears. The male gibbon’s heads are crowned with a stiff brush of hair, like a punk hairdo. Females look quite different from males with a pelt of the buff colored fur.

Gibbons can be identified by their characteristic vocals echoing through the jungle canopy early in the morning. Further studies on the apparent new gibbon species are underway. These gibbons and other primates in Vietnam are threatened by poaching, logging and habitat destruction.

A male northern buffed-cheeked gibbon is under observation at the Endangered Primate Rescue Centre (EPRC) in Vietnam. Located in Cuc Phuong National Park about 90 km south of Hanoi, the EPRC is home to about 160 endangered primate species rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.

For more information on tours to explore for gibbons and other wildlife in the protected areas and national parks of Vietnam, please leave your information in the form below. Additional scientific information is available at this link.

The Northern Buffed-Cheeked Gibbon (photo by Tilo Nadler of the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Vietnam)

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