Most people have heard of a chimpanzee. Far fewer have heard of a gibbon.
That's because gibbons are the least protected of all apes.
But like their large ape cousins (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans), gibbons are facing the threat of extinction in the wild because of human actions.
Without determined efforts to transform our ways, the possibility of losing all remaining wild gibbons is an inevitable fate.
The good news is many gibbon species still
have a strong chance of recovery.... IF we act now!
The small apes are just as great as the big ones!
Through our work in:
We're dedicated to the study and protection of small apes in the wild, before it's too late.
Why Are Gibbons Endangered?
Gibbons are endangered because the forests they call home are being destroyed for logging and agriculture gains at an alarming rate.
The main culprits of deforestation are the industries of timber, paper & pulp, and especially PALM OIL. The top two producers of palm oil in the world are Malaysia and Indonesia, these countries are ravaging their lands to set up palm oil plantations - decimating their forests, and killing off the biodiversity that call these jungles home.
Gibbons face serious threats from humans who use them for commercial exploitation.
Illegal wildlife trade intensively harvests Asian apes from the wild for pets and tourism attractions. Poachers hunt to capture infant gibbons because babies are easier to control in captive/tourist settings. In the process gibbon mothers, fathers, grandparents, and adult siblings are often killed as they try to protect their babies from poachers and danger.
FROM THE WILD
What We're Doing To Help:
We conduct natural, wild-based research in partnership with the Wild Gibbon Research Project:
Employing the best available methods to continue the long-term primate research projects on white-handed gibbons, pileated gibbons, and pig-tailed macaques at Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.
We work with local, regional, and international groups to identify and resolve emerging conservation issues relevant to South East Asian primates:
Assisting with conservation policy and action strategies related to primate welfare and their natural habitats, emphasizing local participation in conservation practices and monitoring.
SPREADING THE WORD
We work diligently to raise global awareness of the small apes to save them from extinction:
Educating and engaging people to take action to help protect and conserve gibbon populations and gibbon habitats for today and for the future.