Extinct: Say good-bye to the white-handed gibbon


Last seen in 1988, China's Yunnan white-handed gibbon (Hylobates lar yunnanensis) has now been declared extinct, according to a team of scientist who found no evidence of the ape in its native forests.

A variety of factors have been blamed for the gibbon's extinction, including deforestation and habitat fragmentation.

The team has small hopes that this unique subspecies  still exists in nearby Myanmar, but they have no actual evidence to suggest that might be true.

Several other Chinese ape species also face a high risk of extinction. The white-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus leucogenys) was also last seen in the 1980s, and several other species number under 100 individuals.

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