BBKSDA evacuates agile gibbon from Riau Park

BBKSDA evacuates agile gibbon from Riau Park

An agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis) or ‘owa ungko’ swings on a tree. (ANTARA/BBKSDA Riau)

We released two (agile gibbons), but we are observing one of them again because of a space problem, as they have territory, and one still does not have
Pekanbaru, Riau (ANTARA) - A team from the Riau Natural Resources Conservation Center (BBKSDA) evacuated a male agile gibbon (Hylobates agilis) or owa ungko from Sultan Syarif Hasyim Grand Forest Park after it failed to adjust there.

 

Technical head of the Riau BBKSDA, Mahfud, confirmed in Pekanbaru on Friday that the agile gibbon was evacuated after the center received a report from forest rangers regarding its condition post-release.

 

"We released two (agile gibbons), but we are observing one of them again because of a space problem, as they have territory, and one still does not have," he said.


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The agile gibbon is 10 years old and was released in mid-May 2022, and as it is still too young, it has been rescued again, he added.

 

"It only lasted (lived) for about one month in the forest and is now at Riau BBKSDA. During its release, the primate reportedly went to the streets frequently. It even stopped passing vehicles and begged for food," he said.

 

This led to officers at Sultan Syarif Hasyim Grand Forest Park asking that the agile gibbon be observed again and that he be re-released at a new location.


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"Yes, we will find another location when there is already a study. Regarding the food problem, food sources in the forest are abundant. This is because it did not get any space, then it came back down to meet residents and motorists," he said.

 

The agile gibbon, a protected arboreal macaque belonging to the Hylobatidae tribe, is expected to live normally in the wild.

 

The release on May 15, 2022, was intended to increase the population of agile gibbons in the wild by allowing them to breed naturally.


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