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. Most people don’t know for example that the most threatened ape is the Hainan gibbon, which has been reduced to only 23 individuals. Meanwhile the cao vit gibbon of Vietnam has only ~130 individuals left in the whole world! A gibbon’s species will most likely be the first ape species we will lose in the coming years.

The Year of the Gibbon 2015 campaign, set up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Primate Specialist Group (PSG), Section on Small Apes (SSA) is a great opportunity to work together 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.

The Year of the Gibbon
2015 Campaign

Set up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Species Survival Commission (SSC), Primate Specialist Group (PSG) and Section on Small Apes (SSA), the Year of the Gibbon is a great opportunity to gather together 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.

IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group announces 2015 as Year of the Gibbon.



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: http://www.perthzoo.com.au Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PerthZoo/

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 […]

Hellabrunn Zoo Munich – Fundraiser for Silvery Gibbons – 24 October 2015

On Saturday, October 24th the Hellabrunn Zoo Munich is going to host a fundraising event for silvery gibbons (Hylobates moloch). Volunteers will inform people about the biology, the habitat, the threats and most important – the help we can provide for this endangered species. There are lots of life hacks for everyone which help to […]

Reid Park Zoo – YOTG Celebration – 27 Sept 2015

With their exhibit renovation on the horizon, it’s a great time to be a lar gibbon at Reid Park Zoo! But gibbons in the wild face serious threats from habitat loss and hunting pressure, and it’s important that we help protect them. September 27th from 8-10am Zoo Keepers will provide fun enrichment for gibbons Moms, Billy, […]

with the best kind of photo-prop gibbon
Saturday 11th July: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium USA

“Hanging with the Gibbons” Come celebrate Year Of The Gibbon with the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Gibbons and learn more about these fascinating primates! There will be activities all day from Saturday 11th July 2015 10am – 5pm! See our White-cheeked Gibbons and Siamangs receive special enrichment activities at 1:15pm. Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium […]

with the best kind of photo-prop gibbon
Miss Universe 2005, Natalie Glebova, becomes Ambassador for Year of the Gibbon

The SSA is very pleased to announce that Miss Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005, has become the official Ambassador for the Year of the Gibbon 2015. Natalie, a resident of Thailand, has a passion for wildlife conservation and recently launched a public awareness campaign about the impact of photo-prop tourism on gibbons. You can see […]

IUCN Best Practice Guidelines
International Gibbon Day
International Gibbon Day!

Date: 24/10/2015
The SSA has announced that the 24th of October will be International Gibbon Day.

Groovin’ for Gibbons

Date: 30/05/2015
Love gibbons? Want to find out how you can help these acrobatic primates?

2015 – Year of the Gibbon

Gibbons, comprising 19 species, are one of the most threatened primate families globally. As such additional global attention and funding need to be realized to ensure that we do not lose any of these species in the 21st Century. It therefore gives me great pleasure to announce that 2015 will be recognized by the IUCN […]

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