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“Seeing how the attitude of local schoolchildren towards nature has changed gives me hope for the future of the Hainan gibbon”
Hainan Environmental Education Project Manager, FFI China
The Hainan gibbon is the world’s rarest ape, with around 20 individuals in two family groups living on Hainan Island just off the coast of southern China.
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has been implementing an environmental education programme among local schools for several years to raise awareness about protecting the gibbon and more recently has been supporting the nature reserve to directly strengthen protection of this species in its habitat.
After five years’ work on environmental education, local communities are aware of Hainan gibbon biology as well as relevant laws and regulations that protect it and are now supportive of protecting it.
FFI is now helping local teachers to organize themselves to establish a local conservation NGO.