I want to help 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. Cut back on 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 purchase items with sustainable palm oil. Research shows that when palm oil is produced sustainably, with zero deforestation, the plantations can be a positive element in the local agroecological system, even attracting wildlife.
Planning a vacation? Then this tip is for you! Practice ecotourism and refrain from purchasing products made with or from animal parts. Avoid taking photos with primates.
The IUCN recently published guidelines for interacting with primates stating, “Images of primates with people in popular media decrease appropriate public perceptions of primates, increase the potential for cross–cultural misunderstandings, increase inappropriate interactions with primates that can decrease welfare and rehabilitation efforts, and decreases primate conservation efforts in all contexts. The negative effects of publishing such images may therefore outweigh the positive effects, and we must apply the precautionary principle, given the extent of the extinction crisis.”
Last, share some of the fun facts you’ve learned here about gibbons with others. Simply raising awareness about these animals can encourage others to appreciate and want to conserve them, too.
Swing into the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and visit siamangs Bradley, Ronnie, Adi and Guntur at Gibbon Ridge! Want to learn more fun facts about gibbons? Check out How Long Are A Gibbon’s Arms? And More Gibbon Facts.