Gibbon species are severely threatened in the wild and could potentially benefit from having in situ insurance populations. The aim of the gibbon EEPs is to have demographically stable, genetically healthy and behavioural competent populations to allow reintroduction in the far future if needed and in accordance with IUCN reintroduction guidelines. Other gibbon EEPs have a higher priority for insurance population then the Lar gibbon as other ex situ populations exist.
|• Education (Inside and outside range)
Gibbons provide excellent opportunities for education messages about small apes in general, taxonomy of gibbons, unique locomotion of gibbons, forest life in Asia and the threats faced by gibbons in the wild. In particular negative impacts on this species of photo props with gibbons as it has enhanced the trade in gibbons.
Research is needed on behaviour, nutrition, genetics and veterinarian aspects and general health.
Fundraising is needed for projects recommended by the Gibbon TAG.
In June 2021, the Lar gibbon EEP had 376 animals in 137 institutions.