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“A real commitment to a massive cause” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gibbon Rehabilitation Project

Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
Bang Pae Waterfall | น้ำตกบางแป, Phuket, Thailand
+66 76 260 4912
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: We're a unique animal welfare and conservation organisation working to rehabilitate unwanted or confiscated gibbons from the pet trade and tourist industry. Come visitor our centre at Bang Pae waterfall and learn about the fascinating lives of gibbons and how you can help these highly endangered animals! Open 9am - 4.30pm (except Thursday, 9am - 3pm) our centre is free of charge however entrance to the national park area where we are located is 200 Baht per adult. For information about volunteer opportunites visit our website. Please note: GRP is an active conservation project and the majority of our animals are part of an ongoing reintroduction program. A select number of gibbons can be seen from our public viewing area but visitors are not able to feed them or otherwise interact with them. The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) was set up in 1992 by Mr Noppadol Preuksawan, the chief of the Royal Forest Department in Phuket at that time, Mr. Thavrn Sri-Oon, Bang Pae Sub-Station chief, the Asian Wildlife Fund and an American Zoologist called Terrance Dillon Morin. In 1994 the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF) started to support the project, and we are now a research division of WARF.
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“A real commitment to a massive cause”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

This is not a petting zoo, but a working rehabilitation centre, which is being run by dedicated volunteers. The gibbons and slow loris trade and demise are a by-product of tourism and the animal trade. We took our 4 children there on a wet day. The staff were very informative, and we learnt a lot about the work that they do. They are not funded by your fee into the national park, so pleae consider giving generously, or buy something from their shop to take away as a reminder of the great work that they do. Well worth the trip

Visited June 2013
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“Giving life back to the Gibbons”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

A rare find as poorly advertised and signposted. access is via the Eastern entrance to Khao Phra Thaeo National Park, entrance fee (100BHT?) to see the Bang Pae waterfall which is so so.
Gibbon project run by volunteers is a sad reflection on some aspects of humanity BUT also great that others rescue these animals and try to get them back to their natural home.
Please read the articles on NOT having photos taken in bars/the beach with these monkeys!

Visited May 2013
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“Worthwhile trip & one if Thailand's best restaurants”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

This trip is a must when in Phuket for 2 reasons.

Firstly, the gibbon project, though it seems under funded still does an amazing job. Friendly volunteers will tell you about the cruelty that gibbons and other animals are subjected to in the bars and tourist areas of Thailand. You learn about gibbons generally, read some of their stories and see the gibbons that have been rescued.

Don't expect to handle gibbons or see them up close, many are traumatised, so not possible to get too close, but you can see them enjoying a much improved and happy life.

Secondly, if that's not enough to tempt you up to the project, right before the main entrance to the park is one of Thailand's best restaurants. You will see it on the left just before you enter. It has enjoyed some amazing reviews, but remains largely hidden away due to it's location.

The restaurant is built in a low, 2 storey, pavilion style and sits on the edge of Phuket's last remaining section of rainforest. The main restaurant is on the upper floor, from which you can enjoy the most stunning 360 degree view. Looking a across a lake the rainforest rises before you & it's breathtaking.

You will be further excited by the food, which has a depth of flavour rarely experienced. The crab curry was amazing and the chef is clearly very skilful, yet prices are the same as any local roadside restaurant, very low.

Try this amazing restaurant & support the gibbons too :)

Visited May 2013
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“Educational”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

It was a harrowing experience to learn about the life of these poor gibbons (and how badly they are affected by humans) from one of the volunteers. Also interesting to find out about the amount of work it takes to rehabilitate them into the wild. It is warming to see that some get rescued with the hope of a brighter future (though some are destined to stay in captivity for ever).
It is a very educating experience that I recommend to everybody. The visit is free but the centre operates thanks to donations. Support the centre with a donation or a purchase at the little shop.

Visited May 2013
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“Excellent endeavour, worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013

I visited the Project on 24/5/13. The Project is located in a national park which has an entrance fee; please note, the fee does not go toward the Project at all.

I think human rights and animal rights are linked, and it may be difficult to find a developing nation that does not (cruelly?) exploit its animals. The volunteer I met at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project explained that generally, the gibbons are caught as babies and their parents/older siblings are killed, or captured as well. The gibbons are often kept as pets until their 7th year, when they reach sexual maturity. At that stage, they develop long incisor teeth, and can bite. This is when the teeth are either extracted or the gibbons are abandoned. The gibbons shown for tourists on Banga Road are, she told me, often fed drugs intravenously in order to keep going, and gibbons come to the Project with venereal and other blood-borne deseases.

There were an awful lot of tragic stories but also, quite a bit of positive too. The gibbons are re-socialised, where possible mated, and released into the wild. Those with diseases who cannot be released into the forest, are released on special Thai islands quarantined from the rest of the gibbon population.

The status and welfare of wild animals in a developing country is linked in a complex way with the rest of the country's welfare and its relationship with other countries. It's definitely a subject matter beyond one review. But please visit the Project and see what they do. You can sponsor a gibbon, or pair of mated gibbons; I sponsored a little baby gibbon called "Balloon" for 12 months; it was only 1500 baht :)

Visited May 2013
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