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A Gibbon Rescue

December 6, 2017

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Photo Credit: ©Harriet Ibbett/WCS

In late November 2017, this young yellow-cheeked crested gibbon was found weak and unable to move near a large tree inside Cambodia’s Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary. Two villagers brought her to conservationists from WCS and the Ministry of Environment.

The six-week-old female is now recovering safely at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center.

The yellow-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae) is listed on the IUCN Red List as Endangered. Its global population has been rapidly declining in recent decades due mainly to hunting and habitat loss. Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary is a very important area for the species; more than 2,500 yellow-cheeked crested gibbons fill the the local forest with their haunting territorial songs.


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