Plan to build treetop bridges to save critically-endangered Hainan gibbons


Artificial canopy bridges in China’s rainforest will provide vital habitat needed to stop the first ape species from becoming extinct
Conservationists will begin constructing a series of treetop bridges later this year in a bid to save a critically-endangered species of gibbon.
Just 25 Hainan gibbons, Nomascus hainanus, are left in a small patch of rainforest on Hainan island in south China, where they live in three family groups and sing together at dawn. Their numbers and range dwindled so much last century due to human development that there are fears they could be the first ape species to go extinct because of people.