Endangered gibbon handed over to national park

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Authorities of Chu Mom Ray National Park in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum said that an endangered monkey handed over to the park by a local resident is in stable condition, Vietnam News Agency reported Thursday.

The yellow-cheeked gibbon, weighing around three kilograms, was caught by an unidentified group of hunters in Sa Thay Town.

Nguyen Van Cong bought the gibbon from the residents, but, after realizing the animal was an endangered species, he voluntarily handed over it to the park on July 25.

The gibbon was then nursed back to health.

The yellow-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae), also called the yellow-cheeked crested gibbon, is a species of gibbon native to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.

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Listed as "endangered" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, it is also protected under Vietnamese laws.

According to IUCN, the biggest threat to the yellow-cheeked gibbon in Cambodia and Vietnam is poaching for the pet trade. In Laos, the biggest threat comes from subsistence hunters.

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