For the Gibbon, the only small ape, the picture is no better, of the 20 recognised species of gibbon, four are listed as Critically Endangered, fourteen as Endangered and one as Vulnerable.
Ape species fascinate us. They are our closest relative in terms of common DNA and we recognise their intelligence and the complexity of their different social systems. Yet the impact of our consumption of natural resources is driving them ever closer to extinction.
If we are to conserve this wonderful group of species we need to significantly increase the amount of funding directed to ape conservation. We also need to provide the flexible and patient funding that allows organisations undertaking important conservation to plan for the long term, whilst reducing the administrative overhead that many of them face when fundraising.
Our Ape fund provides committed and patient funding, that can be transformational, but is rarely available.