Electrocution of wild Javan Gibbons

Our short paper on Javan gibbon electrocution cases has been published in the Journal of Threatened Taxa. While most primate electrocution is reported in urban areas, we found three electrocuted gibbons in the wild during our long-term study.

An adult Javan gibbon male electrocuted by power line close to the protected area,
Gunung Halimun-Salak National Park, Indonesia

Arboreal primates can easily access power lines, leading to immediate death in all cases we have. The last electrocution case was observed while drafting our manuscript, ensuring that this can continue if nothing is done for them.

Since the power lines often pass the forestry area, we suspect many more unreported cases of Javan gibbon or other wildlife death caused by electrocution. Prioritizing the high-risk area and managing conservation practices will be essential!

Yi, Y., Ham, S., Oktaviani, R., Dewi, M.C., Nur, M., Mardiastuti, A. & Choe, J.C. (2022). Cases of fatal electrocution of the endangered Javan Gibbons (Mammalia: Primates: Hylobatidae) by power lines. Journal of Threatened Taxa, 14(5): 20964–2096. https://doi.org/10.11609/jott.7758.14.5.20964-20969

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