Northern White-cheeked Gibbon Nomascus leucogenys
Location: N.W. Vietnam, N.W Laos
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The Northern White-cheeked Gibbon is a diurnal, arboreal and territorial species of gibbon found in tall primary and degraded evergreen and semi-evergreen forest. In northwestern Vietnam and northern Lao PDR, the animals live in a subtropical climate with a short and not very cold winter without frost (Tien 1983).
In Vietnam, the species is found from 200 m to well over 1,000 m asl, with the highest record coming from Pu Mat NP from a listening post positioned at 1,500 m asl (Rawson et al. 2011), however, individuals are now found mostly above 700 m due to lowland deforestation (Rawson et al. 2011). In Lao PDR, gibbons are found from the Mekong plains up to at least 1,650 m in Nam Et-Phou Loei NPA (Duckworth et al. 1995, Duckworth 2008).
These gibbons belong to genus Nomascus. They are known to communicate in species-specific song when defining territory or attracting mates. They sing in regional accents to each other and form monogamous breeding pairs. Males and females have different coloured fur.
Numerous conservation efforts of these rarest of small primates are ongoing. Sponsor a gibbon at a rescue centre here.
Rawson, B.M., Nguyen, M.H., Coudrat, C.N.Z., Roos, C., Jiang, X. & Duckworth, J.W. 2020. Nomascus leucogenys (errata version published in 2020). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T39895A180816530. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-2.RLTS.T39895A180816530.en. Downloaded on 28 January 2021.
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