Until now, the plight of the small apes has been so often overshadowed by the great apes despite being considered the most threatened primate family. In fact, the situation of gibbons isn’t less dire than for other ape species, as all are considered critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable by the IUCN. A gibbon’s species will most likely be the first ape species we will lose in the coming years.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Primate Specialist Group (PSG), Section on Small Apes (SSA) is a great opportunity to gather strength in order to take necessary and tangible steps toward gibbon conservation. Conservationists, zoologists, scientists, governments, decision makers, companies and the general public are welcome to join us in an attempt to move this amazing ape out of the shadows and into the limelight.
What We Do
MISSION FOR THE SECTION ON SMALL APES
- To Strengthening coordination among gibbon conservation projects worldwide
- Increase awareness of scientifically-sound practice in gibbon conservation
- Provide IUCN-endorsed guidelines to conservationists, field scientists and decision makers
- Develop Conservation Action Plans that clarify priorities in gibbon conservation for practitioners, decision makers and donors
- Ensure the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as a decision tool is thorough and up-to-date
- Provide direct technical support to implementing projects engaged with gibbon conservation.
Where We Work
Across SE Asia wherever gibbons are found including protected and non-protected areas
Featured image: Terry Whittaker