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Javan Gibbon

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  • October 9, 2021
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Javan Gibbon

Part of: Prelims and GS III – conservation

Context Indonesia is taking steps to protect the habitat of Javan Gibbon (Hylobates moloch), which is endangered by climate change and human encroachment.

  • The species is also hunted for both meat and pet trade.

About Javan Gibbon 

  • The silvery gibbon or Javan gibbon, is a primate. They are found in groups only, usually in a pair of two.
  • It is endemic to the Indonesian island of Java, where it inhabits undisturbed rainforests 
  • It helps in regenerating forest vegetation by dispersing seeds.
  • There are around 4,000 Javan gibbons left.
  • It was declared Critically Endangered in 2004 but since has recovered to status of Endangered as per IUCN criterion. However, the latest IUCN estimate shows that their population is decreasing.
  • Habitat: Java, Indonesia.
  • Protection Status:
    • IUCN: Endangered (EN)
    • CITES: Appendix I

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