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Two Pileated Gibbons Experience the Wild for the Very First Time!

As an important first step toward repopulating the forests surrounding the Angkor Temple complex in Cambodia, Wildlife Alliance, the Forestry Administration, and APSARA released a pair of pileated gibbons — an endangered primate species native to the area — into the wild.

These two gibbons were born in a rehabilitation center, but spent several months being weened off of human contact so they could have a soft release back into the wild. This video shows the incredible release of these gorgeous creatures, and their first moments exploring their new home.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.