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Hainan gibbon

Latin name: Nomascus hainanus

Areas: | China |

IUCN Red List conservation status

About: Hainan gibbon

“Seeing how the attitude of local schoolchildren towards nature has changed gives me hope for the future of the Hainan gibbon”

Shao Yang

Hainan Environmental Education Project Manager, FFI China

The Hainan gibbon is the world’s rarest ape, with around 20 individuals in two family groups living on Hainan Island just off the coast of southern China.

Hainan gibbon facts:

  • The two family groups are among the largest gibbon groups known. Usually gibbon groups comprise one male and one female who bond for life, along with one or two offspring.

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been implementing an environmental education programme among local schools for several years to raise awareness about protecting the gibbon and more recently has been supporting the nature reserve to directly strengthen protection of this species in its habitat.

After five years’ work on environmental education, local communities are aware of Hainan gibbon biology as well as relevant laws and regulations that protect it and are now supportive of protecting it.

FFI is now helping local teachers to organize themselves to establish a local conservation NGO.

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