Gear up for Gibbon Day!

Join Huggy, Meo, Penny and little Indah – our lar gibbon family – as DZG gears up to mark International Gibbon Day and the Year of the Gibbon!

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FAMILY IN FOCUS – Our gibbon family will be helping Dudley Zoo highlight the plight of gibbons in the wild

Next Saturday, October 24, we’ll be joining in with the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s initiative to raise awareness and funds for endangered gibbons in the wild.

The organisation’s Primate Specialist Group’s Section on Small Apes (SSA) has urged zoos around the world to get involved on International Gibbon Day.

webdzg_gibbon_family_2So given our commitment to conservation, we’ll be going gibbon crazy on the day with a gibbon talk, displays, mask making, colouring sheets and chance to win a cuddly gibbon.

Presenter Dorrie Hall said: “The main event will be a gibbon talk at the lar gibbon enclosure at 1.30pm when dad Huggy, mum Meo, three-year-old Penny and her little baby brother Indah (pictured right) will all be in for a few extra treats.

“We’ll have informative displays in the Discovery Centre and at the gibbon enclosure and they’ll be chance to take home a cuddly gibbon in a raffle.

“We will of course be collecting donations which will be sent to the SSA’s Save the Gibbon Fund towards vital work protecting this endangered species in the wild.”

And for youngsters there’ll be colouring sheets in the Discovery Centre and chance to make gibbon face masks.

webdzg_gibbon_family_2The SSA is pooling together all the money raised globally into a single fund and will decide at the end of the year which projects are given funding.

To donate to the Save the Gibbon Fund directly, go to the SSA websites’ donation page via www.gibbons.asia

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DID YOU KNOW . . .

They are sometimes called white-handed gibbons because of their colouration

They make distinctive musical ‘whoop’ sounds; their loud resonant songs can be heard up to half a mile away!

Gibbons are the gymnasts of the animal kingdom bridging gaps of more than 10 metres when brachiating

Look forward to seeing you on the 24th. Hope you can join us at Dudley Zoo!