Gibbon Rehabilitation Project

Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, Thalang District: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Gibbon Rehabilitation Project Reviews: 4.5/5

Gibbon Rehabilitation Project

Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
We're a unique animal welfare and conservation project 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.
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Very good

Kaushik G
Mumbai, India4,068 contributions
Awesome experience
Feb 2020 • Friends
During our holidays in Phuket we had visited the unique Gibbon rehab project inside Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. Entrance charge for the forest is 200 baht for foreigners and free for locals. There is no entrance charge required for the Gibbon rehab center. At the center, we had to enter details in a tablet and then a guide took us through the center explaining the purpose of the project which is to take care of gibbons who were used as pets and then release them into the forest. The guide also told us about the different types of gibbons and their daily routine in forest. We saw different types of gibbons here and heard them singing songs in a loud tone.
Written January 8, 2021
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Harry G
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Incredible conservation initiative deserving of your visit and support
Feb 2020
This project is an incredibly worthwhile place to visit to support a magnificent cause. The project works with local authorities to rescue captive gibbons, typically stolen from the wild as young for the illegal pet trade, with the poachers killing their family groups in the process. Once in the projects care, the gibbons healed and rehabilitated before their eventual re-release into the wild. So far, this project has returned about 50 gibbons to the wild, and seen many of them give birth to young in the wild. Animals under stress or in inadequate conditions rarely mate and give birth successfully, so this is a sign of this project's success in providing incredible care for these animals. I visited for the first time as a kid in the mid-2000s and remember that visit fondly. Returning for a second time over a decade later, it is great to see that the work has continued so successfully to repopulate Thailand's rainforests.

It is important to note that this is not a zoo, it is something better. The focus is not on you getting close with the gibbons, rather those are the conditions that they are fighting against. The gibbons in rehabilitation receive minimal human contact, both from their carers and visitors. The ones that you are able to see are those that are unable to be released, including severely disabled and non-native individuals. There is a strong focus on education and promoting ethical tourism. Visiting this noble cause is free, excluding the low park-entry fee, and well worth your time. The project does not receive funding from the national parks or any portion of the park's entry fee. It relies instead on the generosity of our donations, sponsorships, purchases at the gift shop, and support from volunteers. With that in mind, I would discourage people from visiting completely for free because I am confident that visiting would convince you it is deserving of a donation. I would strongly recommend visiting for anyone headed to Phuket.
Written March 31, 2020
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79 contributions
Amazing volunteers doing incredible work!
Mar 2020 • Family
We visited the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project after stumbling across it on the internet and I am so glad we did. The work they are doing to release gibbons back into the wild is so incredible and all with no financial help from the government.

We were shown around by Tiegan, one of the volunteers and she explained that the four gibbons that you can see are permanent residents, as they are unable to be released into the wild for various reasons. A gibbon called Tam was so badly mistreated that she lost a foot, a hand and three fingers on the other hand. She still manages to move around and the care given to her and all the gibbons is just amazing. Tiegan gave great information and was eager to explain everything and after we saw the gibbons, we met another volunteer called Michael who answered some questions we had and told us some more stories of the suffering that these gibbons have had to endure at the hands of cruel humans.

If you are reading this, please don't have your picture taken with a gibbon, as they live in terrible circumstances and belong in the wild. If you see a gibbon being used for entertainment, call the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project or the Tourist Police.

I want to thank Tiegan and Michael for showing us around and for the passion they have to keep these beautiful animals safe and released back where they belong.
Written March 5, 2020
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New York City, NY108 contributions
Excellent Conservation Project that Deserves More Funding!
Jul 2019
Please support this great cause! Visiting the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project extremely impacted me, and i don't think they are receiving the funding they deserve.
I'll admit, when I arrived I expected something similar to a zoo, with large enclosures that allow you to see the gibbons. However, in actuality the Project allows its furry inhabitants privacy. Enclosures don't have much visibility for visitors, and instead gibbons are concealed by nature. You can only view a few select gibbons, who are unable to be reintroduced into the wild for various reasons. The other gibbons are off limits to visitors and are taken care of in a different area of the Project's grounds. This so that they do not become used to interacting with humans, as they will be reintroduced into the wild one day.
Once you pay an entrance fee, you are instead faced with boards explaining the plight of gibbons in Thailand. Due to increasing wildlife tourism, these animals are often caught and separated from their families to be drugged and put on display for tourists to see and play with. Sometimes people even purchase them as pets, and then discard them when they grow up because they become too dangerous to keep or are no longer 'cute enough'. It was truly depressing to read some of the stories of the gibbons who are being rehabilitated.
I think this is a great foundation and I really support their cause, however I worry that because you aren't treated to an experience that let's you interact with the gibbons or observe them clearly, that not many people come and donate by purchasing a ticket. In fact, we were the only people in the complex during our visit. When we were leaving we 'adopted' one of the rescued gibbons named Emily, by donating enough money to supply her with food for a year. We also bought some trinkets from the gift shop in order to further support this cause.
So please visit and donate to these adorable animals! It's not too expensive and really helps them.
Written March 4, 2020
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Stoke-on-Trent, UK132 contributions
Worthy cause.
Feb 2020 • Couples
A worthwhile visit. Went to see the waterfall and was delighted to see the project. Nice area away from the hustle and bustle of the towns.
Written March 1, 2020
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Karen L
Newbury, UK243 contributions
Feb 2020
I came here 4 years ago with friends and it was such a joy to return and see what progress has been made in rehabilitating the gibbons.
it's quite a small project to see, the staff are as helpful and as knowledgeable as ever. This time it was a young American from South Carolina- working for free in his holidays.
The project continues to rescue gibbons and return them to the wild if possible. If not they are well looked after here. It was heartwarming to hear that some of the gibbons released in to the rainforest now have second generation babies!
This is a truly sustainable project that deserves your support and attention, so you can spread the word about their work. It's not expensive to visit, so buy some gifts as well and help the cause. (The waterfall nearby is free and worth a look too.)
Thank you to everyone who has anything to do with this, long may your work continue to create a better future for gibbons in Phuket.
Written March 1, 2020
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Bristol, UK334 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
The work they do here is outstanding. The Gibbons are truly rehabilitated to the point where some can be released back into the wild. This is the second gibbon site we've visited and can see how important it is.
It also helps that the Gibbons are adorable and they're calls are magical to hear.
It'd be immoral not to visit if you're on Phuket!
Written February 29, 2020
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Carly C
Westcliff-on-Sea, UK95 contributions
Very Informative and Emotive
Jan 2020
The Centre is quite small but it is inside the National Park which is nice to walk through, and visit the Waterfalls.
The staff are very helpful and we stayed for a long time talking with a member of staff - we had encountered a White Handed Gibbon being held by a member of the public in Krabi, and we gave the centre all the details so they could look into getting her released. Its a really eye opening experience, we took our 2 boys (aged 11 & 7) and it upset them to hear the stories, but educated them. They know never to have their pictures taken with animals as this leads to animals being captured, linked and harmed.
Definitely worth a visit
Written February 8, 2020
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Megane L
2 contributions
A heartwarming and genuine experience
Feb 2020 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. The staff were welcoming and Roch was very knowledgeable and answered all our numerous questions with authenticity and passion. The GRB is a non profit organisation that survive on donations and who clearly care for the wellbeing of the Gibbons, therefore we are confident that our donation really goes where it should; to the rescue and rehabilitation of these remarkable animals.

As we’ve been impressed by the GRB remarkable work and devotion we would love to come and volunteer in a near future.

Thank you Roch for the chat, it was really interesting and we’ve learned a lot!

Mégane & Adam
Written February 7, 2020
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Sandra E
2 contributions
Enjoyable visit to National Park
Jan 2020 • Couples
We visited the khao phra national park initially to see the waterfall without realising that the gibon rehabilitation was here. We were so glad to have stumbled upon this place since we were given so much information on the work done to reintroduce gibons into their natural habitat. All the proceeds from donations, adoptions and purchases of gifts benefit the gibon project. Definitely worth a visit.
Written January 28, 2020
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