Conservation research of Cao Vit gibbon in China
The critically endangered Cao Vit gibbon survives in a small population (approximately 100 individuals) in a remaining forest area of less than 3,000 hectares along the border of China (Guangxi) and northern Vietnam. Fuelwood collection and conversion for agriculture pose serious threats on the karst forest. Immediate and effective conservation activities are needed to make sure the long-term survival of the lesser ape. This project aims to: 1) study the ecological and social behavior of the gibbon using widely accepted methods to understand its ecological needs; 2) evaluate the impacts of local people on the gibbon and its habitat; 3) build gibbon conservation awareness among the local people and officials.