The animal loving team at Store First Ellesmere Port has adopted the silvery gibbons at Chester Zoo, as part of the zoo’s corporate sponsorship programme.
What is a silvery gibbon?
Silvery gibbons are primates in the gibbon family, hailing from the small island of Java in Indonesia.. Their distinctive blue-silver fur, grey or black cap and lack of tail set them apart from other apes.
They travel in small families as mating pairs. Their diet consists of fruit, leaves and flowers.
Why are silvery gibbons at risk?
While there is a thriving population of silvery gibbons at Chester Zoo, it’s sadly not the case elsewhere. In fact, they are among the world’s most endangered primates. Sadly, they have lost 96% of their original homes through habitat destruction.
Illegal wildlife trade has also had a dire effect on the species. Hunters target them in the wild to capture their babies and sell them in markets as pets. As the primates nurse their babies for 18 months and raise them in family units until the age of 8 or 10, this has a devastating impact.
Consequently, there are now fewer than 2,500 of the species left in the wild and the species is at serious risk of extinction.
Find out more
Visit http://www.chesterzoo.org/ for more information about sponsoring animals.
Store First Ellesmere Port
To speak to a member of the team about self storage at Ellesmere Port, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 0151 341 7000. Find the store using the information on the centre’s location page here.