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.
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