Gibbon Rescue and Rehabilitation Project

It takes 10 years for an abandoned Gibbon to return to the forest and survive in the wild.

Gibbons are an endangered species, but unfortunately many are being kept as pets or as photo props for tourists. Posing with a cute baby animal for that memorable holiday photo seems harmless enough until you start to question how that animal came to be there, in a totally alien environment, being made to behave in a totally unnatural way, often by the use of drugs, or physical abuse. And what happens afterwards, when they are too old to be cute, or too unruly to be controlled any longer? The Gibbon Rehabilitation Center works closely with the government authority to house and care for gibbons after they are rescued.

The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is not a Zoo! They rescue, rehabilitate and release gibbons back to the forest. Visitors can only see some of the gibbons which can unfortunately not be released back into the wild and human contact should be as minimal as possible.

The project also educates local communities and school groups about rain-forest conservation, the importance of biodiversity and the local flora and fauna. Their educational programs aim to reduce poaching and deforestation.

Reach out to us at info@khirireach.org, if you want to visit the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project and support the conservation of these amazing creatures.

Different species of Gibbon were once common in the forests of Thailand. They are an important part of the ecosystem and ensure the health and vitality of the rainforests in which they live as they are natural seed disperers. Therefore, their survival is important to the environment.

However, by the 1980s they were almost wiped out through poaching, often for the pet trade. Nowadays, numerous gibbons are being exploited as tourist attractions in Phuket and other popular tourist destinations, where they are used as photo probs for selfies and 'wild life' encounters. They are endangered because hunters can easily find them among forest from their unique sounds which can carry for long distances through the dense jungle. The on-going loss of their natural habitat due to rapid development in Phuket has also made it even harder for these apes to survive on their own. If left uncared for, unchecked and unprotected, hunting pressure and threats over their habitat could drive the local populations to extinction.

The WARF’s Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) has been working tirelessly for more than 20 years to save the remaining wild Gibbons on the island. Their work involves several active campaigns to stop poaching and educate travellers not to support these poaching activities unknowingly.

The GRP has also created well-organized rehabilitation programs which involve working with law enforcement officials to rescue the gibbons from unlawful possession and provide them with medical examinations and treatment. The centre also provides a sanctuary which allows them to recover from injuries, and slowly learn the behaviour of living naturally in the wild.

Thanks to the efforts of the center the old tropical forest around Bang Pae waterfall in Talang where they are located, has now become a No Hunting Zone too protecting many other local species.

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