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Huro Program ... Conservation program for the Western Hoolock Gibbon in India ...

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Rehabilitation program

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Support to the protection of Reserves and Parks.

Sensitization and help to the local population

Garo Hills: Traditions, population and ecotourism.

Photo taken by Dr J.P Sati


The indian scientists foretell that the Meghalaya will be a desert within 30 years, maybe less.

Photo d'un coe Hooloc prise dans les Garos Hills il y

The Huro Program welcome its first eco volunteers, if you wish to discover this unknown region of the world and to participate to ou fight, contact us at: svaa50@hotmail.fr

To give them a future, to give back to them their freedom and to see in their eyes this sparkle of life which has been blown out by Humans.

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The lack of means, the lack of organization and the corruption lead to laxity from the local authorities.

However, many (local population and Department of Forest Officers) are aware about the fate of the state and the one of its biodiversity, and they are interested by the Huro Program.


Situation of the wild populations

The western Hoolock Gibbon (Hoolock H. hoolock) is classified into the 25 most endangered primate species of the world, before the Orang utan of Sumatra.

IUCN Report

The survival of the specie only depends on a human action.

The threats are:

-DEFORESTATION: The jhum cultivation, traditional that consists in burning and cutting the village surroundings, the precious wood illegal trade, the plantations of big enterprises (notably for tea and betlenut, the coal landmines.

The deforestation leads to the insulation of the populations which are captive in the "songachams" (forestry land attach to a village, often cut from the large forest), thus the youngs cannot create new families. We have to add several sanitary risks link to the contact with humans and with them some cattle and dogs.

-POACHING: For fur, bones (tradional indian, chinese and burmese medicine), for meat, the infants are sold on the black market (all the family has been slaughtered to take one baby), the zoos and minizoos remove individuals from the wild and keep the animals in conditions that do not respect the biological needs of each specie.

There are only 236 individuals in whole Meghalaya and less than 3 000 in whole northeast India.

Based on these threats during the last 30-40 years, the decline of the Hoolock populations has been estimated, from 100,000 individuals to less than 5,000, it is said a decline of more than 90% (IUCN).

The populqtion Viability analysis foretells a decline of 95% for the Bangladesh populations and of 75% for the ones of the northeastern part of India, in the next two decades; based on the human impact and the intrinsic factors acting on little and isolated populations.

The Huro Program is also turned towards the other species of primates from northeast India which suffer also from poaching and loss of habitat. In this region live Assamese Maccaque, Stump-tailed Maccaque, Eat-crab Maccaque, Langur...



The Huro Program has also a humanitarian dimension turned over the support to the local population and help for developement in order to pacify the relations between Human and wild animals.

To know more about the Huro Program we invite you to consult the other links from this page

We have to act now, for this we need you.

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