Gib­bon a help­ing hand

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

THIS Satur­day, Perth Zoo will go ba­nanas over its gib­bons.

It’s In­ter­na­tional Day of the Gib­bon and Perth Zoo, home to two species, will host ac­tiv­i­ties to raise aware­ness.

The zoo is home to nine crit­i­cally en­dan­gered whitecheeked gib­bons and three en­dan­gered Ja­van gib­bons.

The day aims to raise aware­ness about gib­bons and the se­ri­ous threat of extinction that gib­bons face glob­ally.

The ma­jor threats to gib­bons in­clude loss of habi­tat and hunt­ing pres­sure, of­ten for the wildlife trade.

Since 2006, Perth Zoo has pro­vided $136,000 to the Sil­very Gib­bon Project, which has helped set up the Ja­van Gib­bon Cen­tre and as­sisted with the ac­qui­si­tion of land in West Java.

Perth Zoo’s fam­ily of Ja­van gib­bons will be the stars of the zoo for In­ter­na­tional Day of the Gib­bon this week­end.

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