Kon Tum, 11th May 2012 – A male Northern Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon (Nomascus annamensis) was rescued from Chu Mom Ray National Park in Kon Tum Province in Central Highlands was successfully released back to the forest where he belongs.
Five months ago, Professor Vu Ngoc Thanh – A representative of the Douc Langur Foundation (DLF) found this gibbon captured in a household on the buffer zone of Chu Mom Ray National Park. According to the owner, the Gibbon was hunted in Chu Mom Ray’s forest a year ago and has been kept since then. The Gibbon was then rescued by WAR staff and transferred to Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station (CCWRS) where it received health checks and proper care. The gibbon was successfully rehabilitated and released back to the forest.
WAR staff, Ho Chi Minh City Forest Protection Department Officer, Chu Mom Ray National Park staff and a representative from the DLF crossed slippery roads due to heavy rain the night before, walking deep into the dense forest of Chu Mom Ray National Park to release the Gibbon. Right after being released, the Gibbon eagerly climbed into high branches and sit there seeing off the staff. According to Profession Vu Ngoc Thanh, “This successful rescue and release of this endangered gibbon shows effective cooperation between DLF project and Chu Mom Ray National Park. Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station will be chosen for future rescue activities of the Project and the Park”. Do Huyen – Khoi Nguyen Vu