Gibbon Project

Although Parco Natura Viva doesn’t host any gibbon species, it is actively dedicated to their protection in the natural habitat. The Park is partner of a conservation project for the protection of a species still widely unknown, that lives only in few areas of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. The Gibbon Project is carried out in the National Park of Kon Ka Kinh, between the mountains of Vietnam, and it has been made possible thanks to the dedication of the zoo expert Anthony Sheridan.
Parco Natura Viva is partner in a conservation project of the association Stiftun Artenschutz for the protection of the Nomascus annamensis gibbon. The project was launched in 2016 together with the Frankfurt Zoological Society and it was made possible thanks to the fundraising carried out by the zoo expert Anthony Sheridan. One of the goals of the project is to achieve a better understanding of the distribution of the population of this gibbon species in the National Park of Kon Kan Kinh, a protected area of about 42,000 hectares in the northern-eastern mountain region of Vietnam. Furthermore, the management of the Park itself is supported by the project, as well as the implementation of a monitoring programme of the gibbons.

The project carries out also educational activities with local communities in order to provide them a basic knowledge of the forest and of the conservation status of Nomascus annamensis so that hunting can also be reduced. 
The National Park of Kon Ka Kinh is located in the northern-eastern mountain region of the Gia Lai province in Vietnam. The park is one of the priority areas for biodiversity conservation as it hosts some of the remaining intact populations of animals and plants in Vietnam. Kon Ka Kinh is home of an important population of the Nomascus annamensis gibbon. This species is uniquely found in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and the information known on it as still few. Due to a decrease in the population of at least 50% in the last 50 years, its survival is at threat because of habitat loss, hunting and illegal pet trade.
Parco Natura Viva does not host the Nomascus annamensis gibbon but has the goal of safeguarding its survival in its natural habitat. Actually, this species is not housed by any zoo within the EAZA network.
Since 2018 Parco Natura Viva has become partner in the conservation project of the Nomascus annamensis gibbon in Vietnam managed by the German organisation Stiftung Artenschutz in collaboration di the Frankfurt Zoological Society.
If you are interested in this project and you want to help saving the Nomascus annamensis gibbon and their habitat, there are different ways in which you can contribute. Even though this species is not hosted by Parco Natura Viva, even with your visit to the Park you will be able to make a concrete contribution to conservation, since a percentage of the value of the admission ticket is always destined to in situ conservation projects. You can also directly visit ARCA Foundation website and contribute directly with a donation. Finally, by making other people aware of the problems of animals in the wild, you can actively help spread the knowledge and guarantee a future for yellow-cheeked crested gibbons and their natural habitat.