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Bangladesh's hoolock gibbons are critically endangered

Update : 20 Mar 2017, 10:06 PM
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)'s has placed the hoolock gibbbon on its Red List establishing the species as a major critically endangered species in Bangladesh. Globally, the primate species has an endangered status.A male hoolock gibbon deftly clambers to the most extreme branches of a tree in Lawachhara National Park in March 2017 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune A male hoolock gibbon deftly clambers to the most extreme branches of a tree in Lawachhara National Park in March 2017 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka TribuneAccording to Prof Monirul H Khan, from Jahangirnagar University’s Zoology Department, there are about 200 members of the Western hoolock gibbon (hoolock hoolock) living in the north-east region of Bangladesh, particularly in greater Sylhet and Chittagong regions.Globally, hoolock gibbons are considered to be merely endangered, whereas in Bangladesh they are critically endangered Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune Globally, hoolock gibbons are considered to be merely endangered, whereas in Bangladesh they are critically endangered Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka TribuneHoolock gibbons are arboreal primates, which mean they spend their entire lives on trees. They seldom come down to the ground, with the lowest average height a hoolock gibbon comes down to during its lifetime is 15 feet. A hoolock’s size ranges from 60-90cm and weighs between 6-9kg. Their diet consists of different types of fruits, leaves and insects.Hoolock gibbons are the second largest among the gibbons Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune Hoolock gibbons are the second largest among the gibbons Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka TribuneThe life expectancy of a hoolock is about 25 years. The male of the species have black fur with white brows whereas the female have a grey-brown fur. The species are also found in the seven sister states of North-east India.The Bangla name for Hoolocks is Ulluk Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune The Bangla name for Hoolocks is Ulluk Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka TribuneThe number of hoolocks is declining mostly due to deforestation. As their natural habitat shrinks with each passing day, their numbers fall, threatening the primate species with extinction.
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