Gibbon Rehabilitation Project of Phuket
While the elephants or Thailand are receiving some much-needed attention and care in the establishment of sanctuaries all over Thailand, people should keep in mind that there are other endangered species of animals in Thailand who deserve the same level of rescue and rehabilitation.
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, located in Phuket, is a non-profit organization. They have taken on the worthwhile mission to provide the gibbons of southern Thailand with the rescue, care, rehabilitation, and whenever possible, reintroduction into the wild.
Rescuing Gibbons from Exploitation
Many of the gibbons at their facilities were rescued from the illegal tourist trade where they would be used as props while tourists had their pictures taken with them.
Others were rescued from people who adopted them as pets without understanding their needs. Some were abandoned in zoos after the zoo owners couldn’t care for them properly.
Reintroducing Gibbons to their Natural Environment
The ultimate goal at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is to release the gibbons they rescue back into the forests of southern Thailand.
Unfortunately, some gibbons have never learned how to live in the wild. These gibbons are provided with a safe and healthy environment at the Project’s facilities to live out their days in captivity.
How You Can Help the Project
There are four ways in which you can support and help the gibbons. The Gibbon Rehabilitation accepts donations by credit or debit card, PayPal, and cash.
Adopt a gibbon or volunteer at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. You can adopt a gibbon for US &70 a year and receive a certificate of adoption, a free t-shirt, and updates and information about your adopted gibbon.
You can also become a volunteer at the Project. By volunteering, you will assume a leading role in talking to visiting tourists and school groups about the need to rehabilitate and reintroduce the gibbons to their natural habitat. You’ll also participate in fundraising projects and offer information promoting conservation.
Visiting the facilities of the Project also opens people’s eyes to the plight of these gentle creatures. The Project’s directors feel that through education, people will come to understand the problems that the gibbons face in today’s world and become more involved in the conservation of the species.