OuTrop is delighted to announce that we are a partner for Year of the Gibbon 2015. Led by the IUCN Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group Section on Small Apes (SSA), this initiative will aim to increase awareness for gibbon conservation efforts.
|Southern Bornean gibbon. Photo by Supian/OuTrop|
The plight of the gibbon is so often overshadowed by their larger ape cousins. Considered the most threatened primate family, their situation is no less dire. Regrettably, a gibbon (the Hainan gibbon) will likely be the first ape extinction our generation will witness. With so many conservationists committed to the preservation of these charismatic and ecologically important species it is time to create global awareness around the issues impacting gibbon survival and garner support for gibbon protection, conservation, rescue, rehabilitation and translocation efforts.
Most excitingly OuTrop celebrates 10 years of our gibbon behavioural ecology work in May 2015. This is one of the longest studies on wild gibbons anywhere in the world and we are understandably very proud of all the work and people who have been involved over the past 10 years.
2015 will be an exciting year for all 19 species of gibbons and OuTrop has many activities planned. Along with monthly blogs to help you learn more about these singing, swinging apes there will be competitions, free downloads and many other things happening.
Please join us and all our gibbon friends around the world to spread the word and really make 2015 the Year of the Gibbon. Find out more about this exciting initiative here!