Western Hoolock Gibbons

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United States
January 22, 2018 12:00am CST
Western Hoolock Gibbons are beautiful primates in Asia. They live in India and several surrounding countries, and sadly they are endangered. Not only does this primate depend on the fruit found in their habitats, the forest depends on growth of the seeds passed to different locations as they move about the trees. Wikipedia and other sites state they have an elaborate songs with different sequences, all the while singing in duets. There's also a recording of their songs, and it's very interesting and unique. Even though they are paired for long periods, just as a human might stray, they are known to be unfaithful and venture out away from home. They are hunted for food, folk medicines and the pet industry. Dogs are known to kill them when they climb down to the ground and of course as always, their homes are shrinking due to man's inability to stop destroying animal habitats. The picture shows a male and female--the male is the darker of the two. Over 100,000 were alive in the 1970's, today there are only 5,000 left in the wild. For more info: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/39876/0 http://www.arkive.org/western-hoolock-gibbon/hoolock-hoolock/
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@LadyDuck (158021)
• Switzerland
22 Jan
I have read that only a very small population of those animals has left. Many animals are extincted every day, it is a shame.
5 people like this
• United States
23 Jan
@LadyDuck It's true how scary close they are to extinction.
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@JudyEv (123426)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Jan
It's a shame their numbers are decreasing.
5 people like this
• United States
23 Jan
@JudyEv Yes, I feel bad for our grandchildren that these will be just something no one can ever see again.
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@JohnRoberts (57407)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Jan
They have "What are you looking at?" expressions.
4 people like this
• United States
23 Jan
@JohnRoberts They really do. The little one looks as if he's uncertain what she may do.
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@shaggin (36937)
• United States
22 Jan
Aww they are so cute. What a shame there are so few left now This was a very interesting and informative post!
3 people like this
• United States
23 Jan
@shaggin Thank you, I think most of us don't know how bad it is for so many animals right now, so I feel good to spread the word of their viable extinction.
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@shaggin (36937)
• United States
23 Jan
@misunderstood_zombie I love seeing like you who want to spread the word! Did you hear about the monkeys in Florida with herpes b?
@just4him (117562)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
22 Jan
It's a beautiful monkey. So bad it's endangered.
3 people like this
• United States
23 Jan
@just4him I agree, very sad.
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@Madshadi (8937)
• Brussels, Belgium
22 Jan
Beautiful creatures. I hope they will survive extinction
2 people like this
• United States
23 Jan
@Madshadi I hope so too.
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@TRBRocks420 (77867)
• Banks, Oregon
22 Jan
Very interesting creatures and, I like the name.
2 people like this
• United States
23 Jan
@TRBRocks420 It is quite different.
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@BelleStarr (38411)
• United States
23 Jan
Man has played havoc with many species of animals, I hope that these survive.
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@FayeHazel (18091)
• United States
22 Jan
I hope they continue to survive
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@Gillygirl (17337)
• Sutton, England
22 Jan
They are adorable it's so sad that many of these animals are becoming extinct.
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@DianneN (78482)
• United States
22 Jan
How sad for these smart and adorable little creatures. They should be protected in every way possible.
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@Daelii (5658)
• United States
23 Jan
they really do communicate their thoughts expressively. I wish the endangered list stopped growing. more care needs to be put towards our natural wonders.
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@andriaperry (50840)
• United States
23 Jan
They are beautiful. It a shame they are not protcted.
1 person likes this
• Trinidad And Tobago
22 Jan
Great blog. I wonder at what point man will stop and say 'perhaps we should cohabit peacefully'? We need each other. We need more awareness programs in schools to break the vicious cycle. .
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@averygirl72 (16656)
• Philippines
22 Jan
Yes they are beautiful. They should be protected
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• United States
20 Mar
I know for a fact we have none of those cute things here, thankfully not even in a zoo
@sharon6345 (126469)
• United States
29 Jan
They look nice from a very far distance. I am not a fan of anything with teeth.
@Kandae11 (37231)
25 Jan
Only 5,000 left? What a shame! I would love to hear them sing.
@MarymargII (9779)
• Toronto, Ontario
23 Jan
Neat looking primate for sure and I appreciate this info. Saddened by their demise.
@bunnybon7 (36552)
• Holiday, Florida
23 Jan
they are cute