The Javan Gibbon Centre (JGC) was established in 2002 as a rescue and rehabilitation centre for the Endangered Silvery or Javan gibbon (Hylobates moloch) in response to an identified need for such a facility as part of the global conservation of this species.

The primary objective of the centre is to rehabilitate and reintroduce gibbons in to suitable areas of protected forest.

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Reintroduction is increasingly becoming an important component of conservation action plans. With dwindling wild populations, rehabilitated ex pet gibbons present an opportunity to establish new populations and reinforce existing non-viable populations.  Reintroduction of gibbons is still relatively experimental but SGP has played an integral role in the development of IUCN Best Practice Guidelines for the Translocation of Gibbons, due for publication mid 2015.

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Wildlife Protection Units are a proven effective protection model, implemented specifically to protect populations and habitat from illegal activities.

The Javan Gibbon GPU is the first such unit dedicated to the protection of gibbons as well as biodiversity in this region. This particular unit is a vital component of the reintroduction program, and was established ito coincide with the first release into the Mt Malabar site.

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    Go Without for Gibbons

    How many things do you spend money on that you could honestly live without once in a while?

    June 2015 is GWFG Month. What will you go without?

    Due to habitat destruction and the illegal pet trade, at least one gibbon species is likely to become extinct in the next 10 years.

    You can do something about it!

    It’s simple, go without a simple luxury for the month of June, sign up to My Cause, get your friends and family to support you!

    Funds are urgently required to rehabilitate and reintroduce ex-pet gibbons and to protect critical habitat  in Java, Sumatra & Borneo.

    Tell us what you’ve gone without.

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  • 2015 Wildlife Asia Art Auction is coming!

    We are very excited to announce that SGP will collaborating with Wildlife Asia to once again bring you our much loved Art Auction in 2015. We have an exciting new venue locked in and we know this will be our biggest event yet!

    Stay tuned for more details!

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    An Evening with Chanee

    Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who came out to support our event at Soprano’s restaurant and Pizzeria in South Perth. We were all once again inspired to hear about the work of Chanee and his team at Kalaweit. We are very happy to annoucne that we were successfully able to raise the funds required to purchase the next allotment of 30ha in the Supayang Reserve.

    Thank you for the support!

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When they run out of trees

We are very sad to report on a desperate situation in West Java, where a family of gibbons had become isolated in a  very small patch of forest. Unfortuantely, with ever decreasing habitat, this scenario is likely to become a common occurrence and we must be prepared for translocation strategies.  On this occasion, we have been unable to act in time but we are now assisting with urgent plans to move the remaining gibbons to a safe area.  Please see the report below from our partners in the field.

In the last decade Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Centre together with Wanicare Foundation had continuous cooperation with the local government in Lengkong Region to combat the staggering amount of human-wildlife conflicts in this area. As a consequence Cikananga Wildlife Rescue Centre has rescued and confiscated many animals from this region, among these animals are in total 5 Silvery gibbons (Hylobates moloch). Consequently Wanicare Foundation initiated a project to assess the threats, population sizes and habitat quality.

On June 6, a local contact from Lengkong send a message to the Wanicare Team that a gibbon died. Our team went as soon as possible to Lengkong and was shocked by what we found (photo). With tears in their eyes the local people explained what happened, this gibbon visited the local village on daily basis to look for food because there is not enough food to be found in his forest which consists of mainly pine trees (rubber plantation). But friday the 5th of June the search for food became fatal when he decided to use a high-voltage cable to get to another piece of forest. The local people were alarmed by the screams of this individual when it first touched the wires, but when arrived at the scene it was already too late to help. Together with the local people, local government and the Energy Company our team got the gibbon down to bury it after a quick medical check.

As this is already the third case documented and other gibbons in the area still face the same risk we need to continue the surveys and assessments to identify conflict areas and realize mitigation programs to protect the Silvery gibbons from Lengkong.


You can help SGP by making a donation today to support the translocation of isolated gibbons to safe habitat.

Thank you for your support!


Important Publication

Recently our President Clare Campbell flew to Jakarta to attend a conference and the launch on 26th May of an Occasional Paper of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Species Survival Commission.

The publication is entitled Best Practice Guidelines for the Rehabilitation and Translocation of Gibbons and can be seen here

Clare played a leading role in authoring this paper along with
Susan M Cheyne of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University England and
Benjamin M Rawson one of the Regional Vice Chairs for Asia of the Primate Specialist Group for the IUCN.


Congratulations to all involved in this is an important publication in The Year Of The Gibbon.