Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, Assam

Ramki Sreenivasan


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Although it is very small and beset all around with tea plantations and villages, this remnant patch of natural forest provides a refuge for the endangered hoolock gibbon.

The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, formerly known as the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary or Hollongapar Reserve Forest (Assamese: হোলোঙাপাৰ গিবন অভয়াৰণ্য), is a small, isolated protected area of evergreen forest located in Assam, India. The sanctuary was officially constituted and renamed in 1997. Set aside initially in 1881, its forests used to extend to the foothills of the Patkai mountain range (source: wiki).

The Hoolock gibbon is a rare primate and the only species of ape in the Indian sub-continent. It is protected under Schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972, and is listed as ‘Endangered’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The sanctuary is the home to seven types of primates – western hoolock gibbon, Bengal slow loris, stump-tailed macaque, northern pig-tailed macaque, eastern Assamese macaque, rhesus macaque, and capped langur.

The Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary is located in Jorhat district of Assam (India). It is situated in close proximity to the Naga Hills and the town of Mariani.

The scenario of man-elephant conflict in Hoollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary of Assam, India.

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