Despite the pandemic, on July this year there are 3 pairs of gibbon that successfully translocated to Mount Puntang for reintroduction. Hopefully they can be released into the wild at the end of October this year for International Gibbon Day.
You can help them to be free. You can also help the remaining gibbons in our rehabilitation center.
It's giving day for apes!
Donation will be matched by Wildlife Asia put to a total of $5,000.
Javan silvery gibbon is one of our beautiful endemic species. A lesser ape and arboreal primate, consume mostly fruits, leaves, and insects in the rain forests in the island of Java, Indonesia. Just like human do, they build family and each family has their own territory. Seeing them and hear their song in the wild is a gift, it's a way that we knew the forest is still a good place for any wildlife to live in. Unfortunately, their number now is decreasing. Threats to their live and habitat continue as the human population encroaches on the remaining forest. The wildlife trade exacerbates the problem. Isolated habitats made this beautiful creature faces even greater threat of extinction.
Established in 2003, the Javan Gibbon Centre (JGC) was the result of a collaborative project between the Indonesian Ministry of Forestry and the Javan Gibbon Foundation (JGF). The JGC is supported by Conservation International Indonesia, Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park, University of Indonesia and Silvery Gibbon Project (SGP). The JGC is situated in an extended area of Bodogol Resort, Gunung Gede Pangrango National Park.
The JGC receives donated or confiscated Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch), usually from local households. The immediate goals of the JGC are to assess medical and behavioral status of incoming gibbons and to provide a world class level of husbandry, rehabilitating gibbons back to full health. The long term aim is for successful reintroduction into protected areas of habitat that have been locally extirpated, in accordance with the IUCN Reintroduction Guidelines. The ultimate goal is to re-establish viable, free ranging populations over the species historic range.
The first reintroduction held in October 2010 with one pair of gibbons released into an area of forest adjacent to the JGC and second reintroduction was held in Gunung Puntang, Mt. Malabar protected forest in Bandung in June 2013 by releasing one pair of gibbons. The third reintroduction were a family (consists of 4 individuals), continue with 2 pairs of gibbons which engaged the President of the Republic of Indonesia in the Asia-Africa Summit on April 24, 2015 in Bandung through a live streaming system; held in the same location of the 2nd and 3rd release. The fifth reintroduction were a family (consists of 3 individuals) in August 2016 and this family has one more offspring that was born in the wild in January 14, 2017. Another two families were brought into their real home in October 24, 2017. In 2018, 5 gibbons consist of a family and a couple were released into the wild. In February 2019, a family released and in January 2020, their second child was born, which is another baby born in the wild.
Right now, there are the youngest in our center is still Billy Putri, a female baby javan gibbon that was rejected by her mother and there's a slightly older male javan gibbon named Mowgli which came to us in 2019 from Cikananga.
But the goal is always the same. Which is to reintroduce the gibbons into the wild. So they can keep the forest healthy and by the end of the day, help us human to survive with the water and fresh air provided by the forest.
The JGC focuses on:
JGC operates under the guidance of the Javan Gibbon Foundation (JGF), an Indonesian based non-profit organisation. The JGF board is comprised of the following individuals; Ir. Wahyudi Wardojo, MSc (Chair), Ir. Adi Susmianto MSc (MoF), Dr. Soenaryo (MoF), Dr. Bambang Sukmananto (MoF), Dr.Jatna Supriatna (CI), Dr. Noviar Andayani (UI) , Dr. Sutarman (Ragunan Zoo) and Clare Campbell (SGP). The JGC is run under the direction of a Manager, with the assistance of technicians and veterinary staff.