Until now, the plight of the small apes has been 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. A gibbon 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) and 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.
The Greenville Zoo AAZK chapter (American Association of Zoo Keepers) will be donating the money collected from coins that are thrown into the waterfall in the South American section of the zoo to The Huro Programme.