Western Hoolock Gibbons
By Rhonda S.
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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