The Silvery Gibbon Project

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GWFG April Challenge

Things are hotting up! SGP Committee members are nominating their sacrifices see here.

Thanks to all those who have so far joined with us to Go Without for Gibbons in April.

Since January this year there have been 6 young gibbons rescued or identified for rescue, so all funds donated from GWFG April will be put to good use.

Go Without For Gibbons Challenge

Last year we raised over $4,700
This year we hope to beat that total
Last year we chose February as the month for our Go Without for Gibbons Challenge
This year we’ve upped the ante and have chosen April – a full 30 days to go without!

About the Project

The haunting and beautiful call of the female Silvery Gibbon still awakens a few small patches of the misty rainforests of West and Central Java. Unlike most gibbon species, her mate contributes little to the song but watches for intruders during the female's early morning recital.

Sadly, the call of the Silvery Gibbon could be silenced forever.

The Silvery Gibbon Project is a registered environmental organisation based in Perth, Western Australia. Established in 1991, the project raises funds for the conservation of the Critically Endangered Silvery Gibbon (Hylobates moloch), a primate found only in the jungles of Indonesia.

A Tribute to Reg Gates

(19 Feb 1946 - 24 Jan 1999)

Reg Gates, our founder, was the Curator of Primates at Perth Zoo. His compassion and care for his staff, his commitment to the well-being of the animals in his care, and particularly his life-long dedication to his beloved silvery gibbons made him an inspirtaion to all who knew him.

Unfortunately, like so many species today the wild populations of the silvery gibbon are under threat due to habitat destruction and fragmentation from illegal logging, burning of forests for palm oil plantations, and encroachment from local human populations. In addition, many gibbons are still lost each year to the illegal pet trade, when adult gibbons are slaughtered so that their babies can be sold in the markets as pets. The situation for these animals is dire. Based on current estimates, the wild populations are thought to number between 400 and 4,000 animals, many of these confined to small fragmented areas of ever diminishing forest.

Education, preservation of habitat and rehabilitation of ex-pet Silvery Gibbons are all important steps to avoid the imminent extinction of these magnificent creatures.

The SIlvery Gibbon Project is run entirely by volunteers, with 100% of our funds raised going towards the conservation of this endangered species. As well as being the primary supporter of the Javan Gibbon Centre, SGP also support education and capacity building programs in Java.

The reintroduction program established in 2009 will require ongoing funding through SGP and we also plan to assist in the development of wild population and habitat proptection programs in the near future.

A Tribute to Reg Gates

(19 Feb 1946 - 24 Jan 1999)

Reg Gates, our founder, was the Curator of Primates at Perth Zoo. His compassion and care for his staff, his commitment to the well-being of the animals in his care, and particularly his life-long dedication to his beloved silvery gibbons made him an inspirtaion to all who knew him.

 

  • Hear the Gibbon's Call

    Click to hear
    the haunting call
    of the female
    Silvery Gibbon

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