Discovery of New Family Group of Hainan gibbons increases survival Chance of world’s rarest Apes

Discovery of New Family Group of Hainan gibbons increases survival Chance of world’s rarest Apes

The world's rarest ape, Hainan gibbons (Nomascus hainanus), now has an increased chance of survival. A new family group of these gibbons have been found which has taken the total of family groups to four.

The fourth group comprises of a mating pair and a young baby. They were seen within Bawangling National Nature Reserve, Hainan Province. A team of researchers led by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has said that the fourth group has increased the chance of survival by almost 12%.

The researchers have stated that with the new group, chances of reproduction increase and that is the main thing needed for the survival of the Critically Endangered gibbons.

Study's lead researcher Dr Jessica Bryant was of the view, "Finding a new Hainan gibbon group is a fantastic boost for the population. We had hoped to locate at least one or two solitary gibbons, but discovering a whole new family group complete with a baby is beyond our wildest dreams".

With the fourth group, the total population of these apes stands at around 28 individuals. The ZSL-led project team joined hands with international gibbon experts and staff from Bawangling National Nature Reserve Management Office to find out the surviving lone gibbons in the reserve.

They wanted to have a better understanding of the total number of Hainan gibbons remaining. Bryant said that they are quite excited about the discovery and now they want to know more about the new group.

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