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May 26, 2020 - The Mind Unleashed

World's Rarest Primate, the Critically Endangered Hainan Gibbon, Returns From Brink of Extinction

World's Rarest Primate, the Critically Endangered Hainan Gibbon, Returns From Brink of Extinction
Hainan GibbonPhoto by: Jinterwas / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Until very recently, the highly intelligent and charismatic Hainan Gibbon was standing at the brink of imminent extinction with only 10 members of the species existing in a tiny patch of land on a tropical island at China’s southernmost tip.

But thanks to the devoted work of a team of conservationists, the ultra-rare Hainan Gibbon appears to have a much brighter future, with their numbers swelling to 30 individuals as of this year.

The Hainan Gibbon is a not only one of the world’s rarest apes and rarest primates, but it’s also one of the rarest animals on the face of the Earth, largely restricted to a small patch of rainforest at the Bawangling National Nature Reserve on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.

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