A population of highly endangered Western Hoolock Gibbons was recently recorded in the evergreen hill forest tracts along the Assam- Meghalaya border south of the Chandubi lake and north of the river Kulsi.
Delhi based wildlife photographer Robin Biswas teamed up with local conservationist Debajit Choudhury to purportedly capture the first images of this Ape in these forests. The team, supported by trackers from the local Rabha community spent 5 days observing and monitoring the rare primate.
The team seeks to mobilize support from the local community, forest department and conservation NGO’s to help protect this forest and it’s rare resident.
Years of persecution on account of deforestation and the bush meat trade have pushed the once common Hollock Gibbon to the brink, with a population reduction of over 90% over the last two decades. There are currently thought to be less than 3000 individuals left in the wild.
“Recording these animals here is a great. There’s so few of them left, that simply having the Western Hoolock Gibbon here is reason enough for the forest to be accorded the highest level of protection. We did notice evidence of logging inside the forest and heard of unconfirmed gibbon poaching activity. This has to stop immediately, else we will lose these rare denizens in under 10 years” said Robin.
(by Robin Biswas)
Photo courtesy: Robin Biswas
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