Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bornean Gibbon (Hylobates muelleri)


Known as Bornean Gibbon, this species occurs throughout Borneo except for the southwest (where H. albibarbis found), from the north bank of Kapus River clockwise around the island to the bank of Barito River (Groves, 2001).
The species is found in tropical evergreen forests of primary, selectively logged and secondary forest types. They are arboreal and diurnal and frugivorous (preferring fruit high in sugar), but will also eat immature leaves and insects (Leighton, 1987; Rodman, 1978). They have been recorded from forests up to 1,500 m (Leighton, 1987) or 1, 700 m in Sabah (Yasuma and Andau, 2000), with densities decreasing at higher elevations.
Listed in CITES Appendix I and considered Endangered based on an estimated population reduction of over 50% over the past 45 years (3 generations) due to rampant habitat loss and over-utilization. It occurs in a number of protected areas across its range, including Betung-Kerihun National Park, Bukit Baka Bukit Raya National Park, Kayan Mentarang National Park, Kutai National Park, Sungai Wain Protection Forest, TAnjung Puting National Park (Indonesia); Lanjak-Entimau Sanctuary, Semenggok Forest Reserve (Malaysia). This one i found in Tenom, Sabah, Malaysia.
The major threats of this species according to IUCN 2008 Red List are deforestration and trade in illegal pets are the predominant threats , and in interior areas hunting is also a threat.

My question is: What is the best approach to reach out to the people in the rural areas so they will rather see this animal live freely in the forest more than see it as a delicious meat or a lovely pets?
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