Section on Small Apes
Welcome to the Gibbon Specialist Group, otherwise known as the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group’s Section on Small Apes (SSA). The SSA is a group of gibbon experts from around the world that individually and collectively work to conserve gibbons. The SSA was set up in 2011 because of the serious threat of extinction that gibbons face globally. Of 20 recognized species of gibbon, all are threatened with extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with four listed as Critically Endangered, fourteen as Endangered and one as Vulnerable. The major threats to gibbons include loss of habitat and hunting pressure, often for the wildlife trade.

This website will provide you with an overview of the gibbons as well as key activities the Section on Small Apes conducts.

Upcoming Events

Greenville Zoo, SC – A Thanks-Gibbon celebration – Sat 14th Nov

The Greenville Zoo AAZK Chapter will be hosting a Thanks-Gibbon celebration at the Greenville Zoo on Saturday November 14th from 10:30-1:30.  We will have coloring and gibbon song listening stations, a Thanksgiving meal enrichment activity for our resident siamangs accompanied by a keeper talk, and of course the opportunity to learn more about gibbons and […]

Perth Zoo, Australia – International Gibbon Day – 24 October 2015

We will be having a stall for the Silvery Gibbon Project, a mask making stall and colouring in. Extra talks and activity feeds and a special behind the scenes with our white-cheeked gibbons. Children’s activities include making enrichment puzzles for the gibbons. Website: Facebook:

Ostrava Zoo, Czech Republic, celebrating International Gibbon Day – 24 October 2015

Together with celebrating the Arbor Day, we would like to introduce our visitors to the world of gibbons – their lives, habitat and threats that are decreasing their populations. We plan several play activities for children and their parents, exhibitions with gibbon basic facts, quiz on gibbons and special keepers talk presenting our White-cheeked gibbon […]

Parco Faunistico Le Cornelle, Bergamo Italy – World Day of Gibbon – 24 October 2015

Una giornata che la IUCN (Unione Internazionale per la Conservazione della Natura) ha deciso di dedicare a questi animali poco conosciuti, come momento culminante di un anno dedicato ad eventi e ricerche finalizzate a mettere in luce la situazione della specie (2015 Year of the Gibbon). I gibboni sono primati distribuiti su un ampio areale […]