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Assam: Hoolock Gibbon Found Dead in Tinsukia District

Hoolock Gibbons, known as tail-less monkeys, once abounded in an Assam village, are now dwindling in number, causing worry among environmentalists.

Assam: Hoolock Gibbon Found Dead in Tinsukia District

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GUWAHATI: A male Hoolock Gibbon was found dead at Barekuri Jahukhowa village in the Tinsukia district of Assam on August 8.

Notably, the Barekuri area which is 7 km from Tinsukia city is regarded as a habitat of Hoolock Gibbon.

With 37 in 2004 to 21 in 2020 and now with just 18, Hoolock Gibbons, known as tail-less monkeys, once abounded in an Assam village, are now dwindling in number, causing worry among environmentalists and nature lovers.

"Now, now we have solely 18 Hoolock Gibbon within the Barekuri space. Earlier, a lot of the Hoolock Gibbon in Barekuri died as a result of electrocution. We have now given a mission for the conservation of Hoolock Gibbon in Barekuri however until now the mission has not been sanctioned," stated Diplob Chutia, president of the Barekuri eco-development committee while speaking to the media.

Earlier in 2021, a 20-year-old female Gibbon was the latest one to die in Barekuri, Tinsukia district.

Her funeral was attended by several villagers, including kids, and the funeral pyre was lit by one among the villagers.

The lifespan of a Hoolock Gibbon is roughly 30 to 35 years within the wild and 40 to 50 years in captivity.

Meanwhile, Nagaland, which is one of the potential habitats of Hoolock Gibbon, is unfortunately threatened by both habitat fragmentation and hunting. The lack of baseline information and conservation awareness regarding the species is yet another hindrance to its conservation in Nagaland.

Aaranyak, a conservation organization recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, GoI to generate conservation tempo as well as future planning on Hoolock gibbon conservation, conducted multiple capacity-building workshops for the forest frontline staff with active collaboration from Nagaland Forest Department (NFD).


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