The Jakarta Post
ENDANGERED PRIMATE: A staff member at the Java Gibbon Center in Lido, Bogor, West Java, weighs Lukas, an eight-year-old female gibbon Thursday. Lukas was handed over by a resident of Tegal Alur, Jakarta. (JP/Theresia Sufa)
The Indonesian Primatological Association warned Thursday that Indonesian could lose the unique Owa Jawa (Javanese Gibbon) in less than a decade unless serious action is taken to protect the species.
A 2008 survey found only 2,000 Javanese Gibbons (Hylobates moloch) still lived in Java’s forests, mainly in Ujung Kulon National Park, Tangkuban Perahu Mountain, Ciremai Mountain and Papandayan Mountain, almost half as many as the 4,500 reported in 2004.
“The threats to the Javanese Gibbon include habitat degradation and fragmentation, and the trapping oftheir young to be kept as pets,” Made Wedana from the Indonesian Primatological Asso...