Thursday, 27 February 2020

Five Endangered Javan Gibbons Released at Mount Malabar

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  • A Javan Gibbon named Maral, the offspring of gibbon couple Jowi-Cuplis, before the reintroduction in Mount Malabar, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

    A Javan Gibbon named Maral, the offspring of gibbon couple Jowi-Cuplis, before the reintroduction in Mount Malabar, Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Five Javan gibbons were successfully reintroduced at Mount Malabar wilderness in Bandung, West Java, on Thursday, February 21.

    The gibbons that were reintroduced consist of two families; Jowi-Cuplis couple and offspring Maral, and Mimis-Cika couple. “The reintroduction was a success,” said Anton Ario, Conservation International Indonesia Senior Manager Terrestrial Program on Thursday.

    Prior to their reintroduction, they spent time being rehabilitated at the Javan Gibbon Center in Mount Gede Pangrangro and went through a habituation process that lasted three months at Mount Puntang, Mount Malabar protected area.

    This marks the sixth reintroduction of the endangered species with 19 gibbons released since 2013.

    Anton expressed the challenges and hardship of the reintroduction program, which is why he asserts that it needs partnership and support of other groups such as the Mount Gede Pangrango National Park (TNGGP) that is backed by the Forestry and Environment Ministry’s directorate general of natural resource conservation and ecosystem.

    Other support came from the West Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BBKSDA), state-owned forestry firm Perum Perhutani, Conservation International Indonesia, Silvery Gibbon Project, and Pertamina EP Subang.

    ANWAR SISWADI