The Aspinall Foundation has been working in Java, Indonesia to protect Javanese primates, including the Javan langur, grizzled leaf monkey and Javan gibbon since 2010.
In a recent announcement, the conservation charity has confirmed that they have successfully returned 45 primates to the wild, including 32 Javan langurs, 8 Javan gibbons and 5 grizzled langurs, in the space of just two years.
Damian Aspinall, Chairman of The Aspinall Foundation said: ‘The wild populations of these primates is under threat. Throughout Indonesia the illegal pet trade is rife and, along with deforestation and hunting is a major factor leading to the decline in these primates numbers. Our Javan Primate Project works closely with local people, governments, authorities and officials to rescue primates kept in often tiny and unsuitable cages, rehabilitate them and eventually release them into the forest areas that we protect and monitor.’
Working alongside Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve in Kent, the wild animal parks which work with The Aspinall Foundation, the Java Primate Project has also welcomed langurs, grizzled leaf monkeys and a Javan gibbon from the parks in Kent, destined for a new life in the wild.
Damian added: ‘It’s always a gamble to release rehabilitated and captive born animals back to the wild, but this is something that we passionately believe in. We’ve had fantastic success in Java and we’re proving that done right – reintroduction is the way forward. The primates from Kent have settled in tremendously well and formed bonds with primates already at the centre. In just two years we’ve managed to make a real difference and we’re really proud of that.’
Click here to read more about The Aspinall Foundation’s Java Primate Project.