Ecologically speaking, human beings have taken far more than we have given to our planet. Sure, our quality of life has improved in the last few centuries, but the same cannot be said of our housemates or habitats: Forests are being cleared en masse, trash dumped in the ocean, and industrial agriculture is bleaching our ecosystems of diversity every day. This is the Big Picture, the future of which we are reminded by news channels, erratic weather patterns, and water crises that seem to intensify every year.
But few of us consider how our creature comforts effect animals on a day-to-day basis. Take the hoolock gibbon for example, a sub-species of ape found in the northeastern states of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, and parts of Assam. It is one of seven primate species found in the Hollongapar Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary, and has been recorded in area since at least the 1800s, swinging from tree to tree, snacking on wild fruit, and dispersing seeds in the process.
When the reserve was created in 1881, it spanned an area of 206 hectares (a little over 500 acres) and extended into the state of Nagaland: A lush, contiguous evergreen forest that gave canopy-dwellers like the western hoolock gibbon plenty of room to roam and forage freely.