The red-cheeked gibbon not only impresses with its beautiful appearance, the ability to move long distances, but this animal also possesses a captivating voice. Located in Cuc Phuong national forest area near Tam Coc Ninh Binh. Cuc Phuong Primate Rescue Center was established with the purpose of taking care and rescuing Vietnam’s rare primates to return them to their natural habitat. This place is currently saving and keeping more than 100 individuals of endangered species because of hunting and wildlife trade. After a period of special care, up to now, 10 individuals of 2 species are living in a semi-wild environment.
In Vietnam, this species is threatened with extinction due to hunting and habitat fragmentation. The number of populations is decreasing, so this species can be listed as a highly endangered species in Cuc Phuong near Tam Coc Ninh Binh. The red-cheeked gibbon is one of the gibbon species with a very beautiful voice, they are known as the “singer of the green forest” because of their high-pitched, distant singing. The red-cheeked gibbon when mature has a body length of about 60-80cm, weighing about 7kg. Males are usually black, with yellow cheeks on both sides. Females are usually bright yellow or light orange, often with a black crest on the top of the head.
Currently, the red-cheeked gibbon is free to hunt in the forest. However, at 8:30 a.m. daily, the red-cheeked gibbons are called by experts at the Rescue Center for Rare Primates to feed and observe their health. Besides the red-cheeked gibbons, the white butt monkey is also one of the individuals cared for and rescued by the Cuc Phuong Primate Rescue Center near Tam Coc Ninh Binh. The langur is listed in the list of 25 most endangered species in the world. Estimates of the number remaining in the wild range from 300 to 350 individuals. They live in groups on forests located on limestone ranges of Ninh Binh, Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa and Ha Nam provinces. The number of their populations is shrinking due to illegal hunting and the habitat is increasingly narrowed and fragmented.
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