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Gaoligong Gibbon

Gaoligong Gibbon Hoolock tianxing
Order: Primates
Family: Hylobatidae
IUCN Red List: Vulnerable
CITES: Appendix I
State Key Protected Animal List of China: Class I





About the Species

Gaoligong Gibbon (Hoolock tianxing), also known as Skywalker Hoolock Gibbon, was previously considered as the easternmost population of the Eastern Hoolock Gibbon (Hoolock leuconedys). In 2017, it was described as a distinct species based on its molecular and morphological differences. Currently, the Gaoligong Gibbon is only found in Baoshan, Tengchong and Yingjiang of Yunnan Province in China. The latest survey revealed that there are less than 200 individuals left in China, thus urgent conservation effort is needed.  


Monitoring and Conservation

Kadoorie Conservation China Department (KCC) and the Tengchong Bureau of Gaoligongshan National Nature Reserve conducted a gibbon population survey in 2016 and confirmed 20 individuals in 7 groups, representing the largest known subpopulation in China, and highlights the importance of Tengchong to the survival of the species. In view of this, KCC supported the Reserve to establish a gibbon monitoring team to monitor and protect the remaining gibbons, and conduct basic ecological study to better understand the species. KCC also provides relevant training to the monitoring team and delivers gibbon-themed outreach activities in local communities.  










Read more: 

1. Gaoligongshan Hoolock Gibbon Survey