Get started on World Gibbon Day


I want to help the siamangs in the wild and at the Zoo! What can I do?

Reduce Reuse and Recycle! Recycling is one of the best ways to help many endangered species. Reduce single-use goods, find creative ways to use products at the end of their life cycle, and recycle paper, glass, plastic, and electronics whenever possible.

Try to buy items with sustainable palm oil. Research shows that when palm oil is produced sustainably, without deforestation, plantations can be a positive element in the local agro-ecological system, even attracting wildlife.

Planning a vacation? Then this tip is for you! Practice ecotourism and avoid buying products made with or from animal parts. Avoid taking photos with primates.

The IUCN recently released guidelines on interacting with primates stating, “Images of primates with people in popular media diminish appropriate public perceptions of primates, increase potential for cross-cultural misunderstandings, increase inappropriate interactions with primates that can diminish welfare and rehabilitation efforts, and diminishes primate conservation efforts in all settings. The negative effects of publishing such images may therefore outweigh the positive effects, and we must apply the precautionary principle, given the scale of the extinction crisis.

Finally, share some of the fun facts you learned here about gibbons with others. The simple act of raising awareness about these animals can encourage others to appreciate them and want to conserve them as well.

Enter the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institute of Conservation Biology and visit siamangs Bradley, Ronnie, Adi and Guntur at Gibbon Ridge! Want to know more about gibbons? Check How long do Gibbon arms last? And more facts about Gibbon.

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