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 19 recognized species of gibbon, all are threatened with extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, with four listed as Critically Endangered and nine as Endangered. 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. And don’t forget – 2015 is Year of the Gibbon!