Stacked Gibbon Study Underway | Phnom Penh Post

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The WCS biodiversity team and officials from the Preah Vihear Environment Department investigate crowded gibbons in Phnom Tbaeng Natural Heritage Park in December. NPL REDD + project

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Cambodia Program Biodiversity Team, in conjunction with the provincial Department of Environment Preah Vihear, has launched a six-month research project that includes a survey of crowded gibbons. in Phnom Tbeng Natural Heritage Park, Northern Province.

The gibbon pintail (Hylobates pileatus) is listed on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as “Endangered”.

Launched earlier this month, the project aims to determine the distribution and population density of small coarse-haired monkeys and develop an initial conservation management plan to protect and preserve the species.

The survey will be conducted by the Northern Plains Landscape REDD + Project (NPL REDD +) and supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, an office of the Department of the Interior.

Stacked gibbon populations are found in western Cambodia, southeast Thailand and southwest Laos, NPL REDD + said in a Facebook post.

Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra recently said Cambodia has the largest population of stacked gibbons in the world, at around 35,000, which is 53.8% of the world’s 65,000 estimated l ‘IUCN.

In Cambodia, he said, the highly arboreal monkeys mainly live in the forest, especially in protected areas, and especially in the Cardamom Mountains.

There are around 30,000 gibbons herded in the eastern part of neighboring Thailand, and only a small number remained in southwest Laos, Pheaktra said.

Separately, 20 wild birds were released in Angkor Archaeological Park on December 23 by the Phnom Penh Forestry Administration and the NGO Wildlife Alliance in collaboration with the Apsara National Authority (ANA) as part of their project to liberation of the Angkor fauna.

Chou Radina, deputy director of the ANA’s forest management, cultural landscape and environment department, said four peacocks, six large hornbills and four crowned hornbills have all been released into the park, having been handed over in the care of the authorities through conservation organizations of the fauna and the inhabitants concerned. .

In addition, two stacked gibbons and four peacocks were released in the wooded areas of Angkor Park and the Angkor Center for the Conservation of Biodiversity (ACCB) in coordination with the ANA and the Wildlife Alliance.

According to Radina, several animals, some of which belong to endangered or threatened species, were recently released in the forest of Angkor Park, including 13 haired gibbons, four red muntjacs, 12 silver langurs, five common palm civets, five Smooth-haired otters, two cat leopards and seven oriental hornbills, among others. Some of the animals have bred in captivity and produced offspring.

“For the safety of all wild animals in the forests of Angkor Park and to increase the number of wild animals, the ANA and the Angkor Wildlife Release Project are calling on the public, national and international guests – especially people living in this region – to show that they care about the welfare of these wild animals by moving away from them and never feeding them, ”Radina said.

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