Two rare white-cheeked gibbons have been handed over to the Cu Chi Wild Animal Relief Centre in Ho Chi Minh City to be released into forests.

The centre will send blood samples of the rare gibbons (scientifically known as Nomascus (Hylobates) to Hong Kong for testing of their species for further care.

The gibbons were found kept at Dai Hai Trade and Timber Industry Co. Ltd in Binh Duong’s Tan Uyen district. The Environment Police and Forest Rangers Department of the southern province of Binh Duong seized the animals after the owner failed to show documents proving the legal origin of the gibbons.

According to the Rangers Department, the gibbons are domestically classified as Group 1B, which is protected against any illegal capture, breeding, trading or hunting./.