Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Endangered gibbon born at Angkor Wat

Endangered gibbon born at Angkor Wat

A baby pileated gibbon hangs from its mother in the Siem Reap Angkor Archaeological Park. Apsara Authority
A baby pileated gibbon hangs from its mother in the Siem Reap Angkor Archaeological Park. Apsara Authority

Endangered gibbon born at Angkor Wat

A second pair of endangered pileated gibbons released into the forest near Angkor Wat last year have had a baby.

The Apsara Authority posted news of the recently arrived baby on its website over the weekend.

Wildlife Alliance director of rescue care and release Nick Marx said the organisation had tried to keep the news quiet, as the first weeks of a newborn’s life were “a delicate time”.

“With so much bad news in the world, it’s understandable that people would want to share this bit of good news,” reasoned Marx, who added that the gender of the newborn would not be clear for at least four years.

“You can’t tell until it reaches maturity – if the colour turns black, it’s a male; if it stays brown, it’s female,” he said.

The gender of the baby born to the first pair of gibbons released in the park in September 2014 also remains unknown.

Years of civil war and poaching wiped out the gibbon and other species from the area.

“For a decade, we could not hear the sound of the gibbon in the Angkor area. Now we can not only listen to their sad sound, but we also can see them,” said Tea Kemsuth, provincial director of the Siem Reap Forestry Administration, adding their presence has attracted tourists.

This is why Marx wanted to wait a month or so before making the announcement. “If people begin to intrude, we’ll have to deal with that,” he said.

Wildlife Alliance, Apsara and the Forestry Administration are working together to return the area’s native animals. In addition to the gibbons, the group has released three langurs and four civets. According to Marx, there are also plans to reintroduce sambar and muntjac.

MOST VIEWED

  • Second Hungary business forum set for H2

    Cambodia has asked Hungary to provide GSP- (Generalised System of Preferences) Plus facilities for when the Kingdom sheds its least-developed country (LDC) label, as the two countries prepare to hold a second business forum in the second half (H2) of this year to expand trade

  • Thai boxers to join SEA Games’ Kun Khmer event

    The Cambodian SEA Games Organising Committee (CAMSOC) – together with the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) and Khmer Boxing Federation – have achieved a “great success” by including Kun Khmer in the upcoming biennial multi-sports event on its home soil for the first time, said a senior

  • Bullets to bracelets: Siem Reap man makes waste from war wearable

    Jewellery is often made from valuable gemstones like emeralds or diamonds and precious metals like gold or silver, or valueless things like animal horns. But a man in Siem Reap has approached the manufacture of delicate pieces from a different angle. His unique form of

  • Nearly 50 states join Kun Khmer Federation, all set for training

    In a little over a week, the Kun Khmer International Federation (KKIF) has accepted membership requests from 20 new nations, in addition to the exiting 29. The sudden influx of international recognition stems from the Kingdom’s successful introduction of Kun Khmer to the 32nd Souheast Asian (

  • 61% of 2022 imports came from just 3 markets

    The three largest exporters to Cambodia – mainland China, Vietnam and Thailand – accounted for 60.94 per cent of the Kingdom’s total merchandise imports last year, at $18.245 billion, which was up 11.99 per cent over 2021, according to the General Department of Customs and Excise. Cambodia’s total imports

  • CPP sets out five primary strategic goals for 2023-28

    The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) on January 29 concluded its two-day extraordinary congress, setting the party’s priority goals for 2023-2028. The ruling party’s congress was attended by more than 3,000 members from across the Kingdom, including the members of the permanent and central committees,