Plan to Build Treetop Bridges to Save Critically-Endangered Hainan Gibbons

Conservationists will begin constructing a series of treetop bridges later this year in a bid to save a critically-endangered species of gibbon.
Just 25 Hainan gibbons, Nomascus hainanus, are left in a small patch of rainforest on Hainan island in south China, where they live in three family groups and sing together at dawn. Their numbers and range dwindled so much last century due to human development that there are fears they could be the first ape species to go extinct because of people.
But experts at the Zoological Society of London believe that with large scale funding the last few Hainan gibbons could not only be saved but helped to expand and recover their former territories.



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