What are the main threats to the cao vit gibbon?
Unfortunately, remorseless hunting and widespread habitat loss have left many of the world’s 18 gibbon species precariously close to extinction, and the cao vit gibbon is no exception. Its entire global population is believed to be confined to a single location on the border between Vietnam and China.
Like other gibbons, it is a target for hunters, but the most serious threat to its survival is habitat loss and degradation as a result of firewood collection and livestock grazing.
Many of the forest landscapes where Fauna & Flora works in Southeast Asia support important populations of gibbons. Vietnam is the global stronghold for the so-called crested gibbons, harbouring six of the world’s seven species.
One of the most urgent priorities of Fauna & Flora’s Vietnam Programme is to highlight the country’s importance for gibbon conservation and to ensure the survival of the country’s four rarest species – including the cao vit gibbon.