Threatened by hunting and habitat loss throughout their range, crested gibbons are some of the most endangered primates on Earth. Cambodia, with its large tracts of relatively intact forest and low levels of gibbon hunting, has some of the last and most important strongholds for gibbons. Little is known about the populations of yellow-cheeked crested gibbons, with the northern yellow-cheeked crested gibbon having only been described as a separate species in 2010. A recent study by FFI, however, suggests that Virachey National Park, in north-east Cambodia, has the largest and globally most important population of this species.

We are working with the Cambodian government to achieve greater protection for this gibbon stronghold by establishing the foundations for stronger management of Virachey National Park, including zonation and a management plan for the protected area that takes the needs of the species into account.

“Hearing the dawn chorus of gibbons in the remote forests of Virachey National Park is magical. We are working to ensure that they are never silenced, knowing that by protecting the home of the northern yellow-cheeked crested gibbons, we are also protecting one of Cambodia’s richest arrays of biodiversity.”
Pablo Sinovas Flagship Species Manager, Cambodia