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Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Phuket, Thailand
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5 reviews
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“A valuable experience”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project should be the first place you visit on Phuket! The volunteers are really friendly and will show you around the site for FREE. They'll teach you all about gibbons and also about the illegal wildlife trade trade that is threatening so many endangered species, often in the name of tourism/entertainment. The staff and volunteers do a great job rescuing abused gibbons which are often exploited as tourist attractions. It's really sad to hear their stories but there is good news; the project has actually managed to return some of their rescued gibbons back to the wild! This is an excellent example of local conservation efforts having a real impact, definitely worth a visit and a donation! You can only see a small number of the animals but there is a good reason, too much contact with people can cause them stress and make it hard to release the gibbons back into the wild.

A few other things to bear in mind:

It costs foreigners 200 Baht to get into the national park, this money doesn't go to the gibbon project but it does support the national park system without which there would be no where safe for the gibbons to live.

It's best to visit in the morning because that's when the gibbons are most active and you'll probably get to see them happily swinging around their cages and hear their fantastic singing! There is a beautiful forest to visit to and a nice waterfall to see (the path is a little uneven and slippy but not too hard), there are also several nice restaurants around the area so it's quite easy to spend a good few hours relaxing here.

Visited April 2013
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“A great day out and a worthy cause. ”
Reviewed December 5, 2013 via mobile

What a great day. The gibbon center is well worth a visit. Set in a relaxing piece of jungle with a water fall next door the centre is an enchanting and informative place to spend a day. Great local food by the car park and if you feel like stretching your legs or even a swim there is a lovely waterfall and rock pool just a short walk away.

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Malaga, Spain
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“The No. 1 place to visit in Phuket.”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

See at first hand the work done by dedicated, highly educated, voluntary staff at the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, who rescue gibbons, and slow lorises from cruel, inhuman treatment in the photo prop industry. Set in the rain forest, see some of the rescued animals, listen to them singing, watch them swing around their large, roomy cages, free from fear. There's lots of interesting information available. There's a pleasant walk to the Bang Pae waterfall. This was a highlight of my holiday to Thailand, in September, make it a highlight of yours.

Visited September 2013
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Kurrajong, Australia
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“Save the Gibbons”
Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

Loved our visit to GPR, we learned so much about the appalling way Gibbons and Slow Loris are treated in Thailand. We also spent ages reading about the Gibbons up for adotion and their sad stories, made me wish I were a millionaire, the choice was hard. Whilst there you can see some of the Gibbons unable to be rehabilitated or visit the beautiful waterfall, the sound of the Gibbons singing was simply beautiful. Please note .... please don't take photos in the street with any animal in Thailand especially the Gibbons as they kill the entire family for one baby. They are often drugged, their teeth or nails pulled out so they can't bite or scratch tourists and are kept in tiny bird cages when not on show.such a cruel practice. Help show your support by visiting this wonderful place, hop onto their facebook page to see the wonderful work they do and visit the national park, the waterfall and GPR

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

WOW! Did I get quite the education on the Endangered Species - Gibbons. The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is nestled in the middle of the Rain Forest a very Jungle experience that includes the gorgeous natural Bang Pae Waterfall. This is a MUST SEE on your itinerary. The Grounds are staffed with highly educated staff that is all volunteers and it is clear that they love this project. Besides being able to see the Gibbons with their amazing behavior patterns that are very entertaining - you are able to Adopt A Gibbon which I found fascinating & very exciting to do. Be sure to visit :)

Visited November 2013
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