International Gibbon Day

International Gibbon Day is October 24th!

Every year, gibbon lovers around the world organise events to raise awareness of our favourite apes. It’s a great opportunity to get more people involved in conservation – to teach them about what gibbons need to survive, and to recruit the next generation of gibbonologists.

Want to put on your own International Gibbon Day event? You can download our logo pack here.

International Gibbon Day is a truly global event. In the past, events have been held by communities in habitat countries, museums and field schools, zoos and charities.

It’s all about raising awareness. One of the greatest threats gibbons face is a lack of publicity – we need to spread the word about how threatened they are, and how people can help.

Games, talks, performances, music, art workshops and sports have all been used to teach people how to protect gibbons. We’ve had tree-planting events, we’ve heard keynote talks from university researchers in habitat countries, we’ve even seen a gibbon opera – in 2020, we had events taking place in eleven countries around the world.

We have prepared some advice and guidance for anyone planning an event. We are delighted that so many organisations, individuals and communities want to celebrate International Gibbon Day each year on 24th October.

Here we provide information on the objectives of IGD and guidance on events.


  • To celebrate gibbons around the world.
  • To raise awareness of gibbons and how humans can help to protect them.
  • To showcase the work being done by organisations, individuals and communities to protect gibbons.
  • To promote local cultures and how this links to gibbon conservation.


  • Please do celebrate gibbons and any cultural links with them. IGD is a way to celebrate gibbons, raise awareness and take action to protect them.
  • Your event should not disturb the gibbons. Please do not feed wild gibbons or play very loud music near their territories. This disturbs the gibbons.
  • Please share your events with the IUCN Section on Small Apes so we can help with planning and share your event on social media. Email: 

Let’s make every International Gibbon Day a day to remember.

If you want to organise an event, please get in touch for advice – and remember to use the IGD and SSA logos in your event materials! Download materials below for FREE.