On August 10 another family of Javan gibbons were released back into Puntang Reserve in West Java. Mel, Pooh and baby Asri had undergone many years of rehabilitation at the Javan Gibbon Centre after being rescued from the illegal pet trade.
Wildlife Asia’s partner, the Silvery Gibbon Project supported the establishment of the JGC back in 2002 and since then has been instrumental in the development of the Reintroduction Program and also the operation of the very first Wildlife Protection Unit deployed to protect a population of gibbons.
The Javan gibbon, is the last remaining ape species found on the Indonesian island of Java. Now sharing their home with over 140 million people, very little habitat remains for wildlife. There are however a few viable populations remaining in National Parks and the Reintroduction Program also provides the opportunity to return gibbons to areas of forest where they have become locally extinct.
The illegal pet trade remains a problem for this species however and with a recent spike in confiscation of gibbons en route to the Middle East, we need to ensure greater protection of wild populations and attempt to curb the trade.
If you would like to help more gibbons get back to the forest please consider becoming a regular donor to our gibbon programs.