The seventh of the 20 gibbon ‘families’ from the Dello village of Arunachal Pradesh have been captured and translocated safely to the nearby Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary in the Lower Debang Valley district. The Forest Department and the International Fund for Animal Welfare-Wildlife Trust of India (IFAW-WTI) translocated the family comprising an adult male, an adult female and a male child on Thursday, officials said over the weekend.
Nupur Buragohain, IFAW-WTI veterinarian who was a part of the team, said the apes were healthy and fitted with micro-chips for future identification. The family was among the 20 stranded families living in Dello, officials said. Due to lack of contiguous forests, the gibbons were forced to stray on the ground.
The eastern hoolock gibbons were captured from the village on Wednesday and released in the Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary the next day with the IFAW-WTI team continuing post-release monitoring, Dr. Buragohain said.
“They now have a chance to live in a suitable habitat which is vital for the conservation of the species,” Ian Robinson, vice-president, Program and International Operations of IFAW, said. — PTI