More on those gibbons

Thursday 29th July 2021

A great big thank you.

Just a few weeks ago we put out an appeal to raise money to help a phenomenal area of Vietnamese jungle called Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park (or PNKB for short).

The need for funds was desperately urgent; Vietnam’s protected areas are crucial to the future of conservation. They are the last refuge for so many animals, and the sheer scale of the snaring epidemic and illegal logging meant these wonderfully rich forests were at risk of falling silent.

We had a one-off opportunity to help end this crisis, but we needed to raise £225,000, an astonishing sum of money. It was a big ask.

But incredibly, after just a few weeks, we have achieved this goal. 

Not only this, but our extremely generous donor is going to increase this amount tenfold. Thanks to people like you supporting causes like this, we now have an incredible £2.25 million to help protect this precious area.

With your donations, we’re going to be able to fund community patrol teams and purchase vital equipment like boots, raincoats and first-aid kits, to help specially trained rangers clear vicious snares and stop the needless killing of wildlife that comes with it.

This will give animals like the Sunda pangolin, white-cheeked gibbon and pygmy slow loris a safe haven for years to come. The positive effects will be felt for generations, and it’s all thanks to your support.

We are so grateful for your help and commitment to saving nature; it means the worlds to us, and to the wonderful wildlife and local communities that call PNKB home. Thank you.

Jonathan Downes
Cryptozoologist, naturalist, musician, singer, composer, poet, novelist and Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology since 1992. Jon was born in Portsmouth in 1959 and spent his infancy in Nigeria and his childhood in Hong Kong. His wife Corinna died of cancer in 2020, leaving him with two stepdaughters and a six year old granddaughter called Evelyn.