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Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
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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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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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“Some real good being done”
Reviewed April 11, 2014 via mobile

Very informative talk by one of the volunteers. Got to see some gibbons, albeit from a distance. This is not a zoo. The animals are kept at a distance from the public, as they are being reintroduced to the wild. A very worthy cause. Go visit..it's free, but donate some money. With any luck, our grandchildren can visit this area and see real gibbons in their natural habitat. We as humans owe it to our planet to put something back that we have taken out....

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“A worthy cause that will bring tears to your eyes”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

Some years ago I had read about the good work of the project. I started sending media to cover the place but had never visited it myself until a few days ago. I am glad I finally made it there.

This place exists solely because of the dedication of a handful of people who want to make a difference. Since it has been running for ell over a decade, I imagine they have made a big difference and that volunteers keep coming to continue the work here. I also think donations from around the world are also keeping the dream alive.

The project is situated inside a park area overseen by the Royal Forest Department, though it does not receive any revenue from the park's entry fee charged to visitors. The project's area that is open to the public is surprisingly small, consisting of an administration/shop hut, a few exhibition boards and a viewing place near the gibbon enclosures. Just hearing the gibbons' soulful howl echoing throughout the forest was enough to make me tremble.

On an island full of worldly pleasures, I do not expect many visitors would enjoy learning about the plight of the gibbons and the arduous tasks of the volunteers. However, if you are looking for something different and charitable to do, the project is well worth your time as well as some contributions to keep it going.

Visited April 2014
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“Great experiance”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

For an educational experience in what we as human beings can be both cruel and the kindest of all a must do.

Visited March 2014
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“Such a worth cause - they do excellent work”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

We spent an hour or so there listening to the gibbons call and sing to each other. It isn't very big, but just sitting quietly and experiencing the peace of the forest surrounds with their haunting voices was fantastic. They are also very curious about us and one little guy, I think, was trying to communicate with us.
We read the boards full of each gibbon's story. Truly moving. Never have your photo taken with a gibbon or any other wildlife as it's simply animal exploitation and must be stopped! I also sponsored George (one of their males) and intend to volunteer there later this year. The guide was a lovely french young lady and we had a great chat about her experience volunteering and the project.
We didn't go up to the water fall as we had been told there was not much water given it was dry season, so just spent more time with the gibbons. Do support this most worthy of causes. They do a great job and I wish them ongoing success with their rescues and re-introduction programs.

Visited March 2014
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“Lucky to hear the gibbons calling to each other”
Reviewed March 26, 2014

We arrived at about 10am and just caught a few calls from the gibbons to each other. Would have hated to miss this as it is a haunting noise like no other. Not an up close and personal animal viewing experience but interesting none the less. Sad to find that so many of these animals are unable to be rehabilitated into the wild due to the human involvement in their early lives. Amazing to see these animals swinging freely in their enclosures - and to realise that they are now some of the lucky ones to have a safe life. Walked up to Bang Pae falls - nice walk but very dry at the moment so not much to see. The entrance fee to the National Park is not forwarded on to the project in any way - so good to be mindful about giving a donation if so inclined.

Visited March 2014
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