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October 16, 2020 - Channel NewsAsia

Scientists throw lifeline to world's rarest primate in China

Scientists throw lifeline to world's rarest primate in China
Hainan Gibbon File Image: (c) Photabulous!

PARIS: Hainan gibbons - the rarest primates on Earth - were already teetering on the edge of extinction in 2014 when the most powerful storm to lash China's coast in half a century ravaged their island oasis.

Decades of economic development, along with logging and deforestation, had reduced their habitat by more than half.

What primary forest remained was also fragmented, further hemming in the tailless apes, which travel exclusively above ground.

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