Anon. (2008, May 22). White-handed Gibbons Now Presumed 'Extinct' In China, Forest Survey Shows. Science Daily [online]. Available http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/05/080520213819.htm [2009, April 21]
gibbon ; white-handed gibbon ; ape ; primate ; gibbon extinction ; china ; deforestation ; poaching ; forest fragmentation
China's fauna exhibits a unique diversity of apes. Unfortunately, the apes are more seriously endangered by extinction in China than in any other country. A research team assembled by anthropologists of Zurich University now conclude that another ape species has just become extinct in China's Yunnan province.
A scientific team, consisting of members of the Gibbon Conservation Alliance based at Zurich University and the Kunming Institute of Zoology, as well as staff members of the Nangunhe National Nature Reserve, carried out a survey in all Chinese forests that had been reported as supporting white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar) during the last 20 years.The species was last observed in 1988 in the Nangunhe Nature Reserve in south-western Yunnan province, and their loud, melodious calls were last heard in 1992. After two weeks of field work, the 14 member Swiss-Chinese team realized that as a result of continued forest destruction, fragmentation and deterioration, as well as ...