MPS is proud to support its lifetime member, Tarik Kabir and his project on community-based conservation and population assessment of the Endangered Western hoolock gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) in Bangladesh with funds granted by The Rufford Foundation. This project aims to minimize the threats to gibbon habitats by actively involving the local community in forest restoration, protection and collection of population data for the preparation of a “Western Hoolock Gibbon Conservation Action Plan”. 

Learn about the Western Hoolock Gibbon

The Western hoolock gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) is a Critically Endangered species in Bangladesh and Endangered globally. The gibbon habitats of Bangladesh are rapidly being destroyed due to habitat fragmentation and degradation, illegal encroachments and expansion of agricultural land. Presumably, gibbon populations of Bangladesh will not survive without concerted long-term conservation intervention. Already, some gibbon populations have become locally extirpated from many habitats. The last population census was conducted more than one decade ago with an estimated ca. 250 mature individuals to occur in Bangladesh. Since then, gibbon populations have vanished from more than five sites in Bangladesh as their habitat characteristics have drastically changed; however, we are hopeful to identify currently unknown gibbon habitats in Bangladesh with a new census.

Field Sampling

The project also collects data the on age-sex group composition to know the reproductive strains and genetic bottleneck. 

Community Outreach Program

There is no current research on this species in Bangladesh or available updated data on its population status and conservation activities, except for my small-scale community-based conservation initiative. 

Citizen Science

Furthermore, the gibbon population census will be extended at all gibbon habitats with direct involvement of the local community people. 


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