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Group appeals for measures to save hoolock gibbons from electrocution

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TURA, July 9: The A•chik Holistic Awakening Movement (AHAM) Central Executive Board (CEB) on Tuesday urged Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to take steps to prevent the accidental electrocution of hoolock gibbons in West Garo Hills district.
Recalling a tragic incident at Gondenggre, the AHAM informed how a male hoolock gibbon was electrocuted by an 11KV powerline.
Referring to two other similar incidents that took place in 2021 and 2023, the AHAM said, “To mitigate this perilous situation, we propose the implementation of certain protective measures. Specifically, we recommend securing the high-voltage power lines with insulated or coated wires at critical points, and installing protective netting in areas where gibbons are known to traverse.”
According to the organisation, there have been reports of the sighting of gibbons in the vicinity of Gondenggre and Silsotchigre, where a newly formed gibbon couple is frequently seen navigating near dangerous electrical installations.
“The HURO Programme, with which we closely collaborate, has expressed its willingness to support these initiatives and contribute its expertise towards safeguarding the gibbons. We believe that with the government’s backing, we can effectively avert further tragedies and ensure the safety of these endangered primates,” the organisation said, while urging that action be taken at the earliest.

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