The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), a division of the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WAR), aims to save ... More
Gibbons Rehabilitation Project
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP), a division of the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WAR), aims to save gibbons and their rainforest habitat. Until recently, poachers have hunted gibbons for their meat, for medicine, and for the lucrative pet trade. During the past ten years, numbers of these cute, intelligent and sensitive animals, have reduced alarmingly. Visit the GRP at the Bang Pae Waterfall, Pa Khlok, and find out more about how you can help.
I found thiss place to be very interesting, all the staff are volounteers and are very knowledgeable, the place exists by donation only and one should consider donating several thousand Bhat as they are doing a wonderful job. The project is working and probably will pave the way for the major re-introduction of Gibbons on the island.
i went to the gibbon rehabilitation project to volunteer for 6 month, i loved it at the beginning thinking everyone was really nice and they were doing a wonderfull job. but after a few month in the project i was asking to many questions to their liking and they were giving me answers that didn't make sense. this is when i realized they were lying to me, they did from the beginning and didn't feel bad about it. i felt so disapointed at the whole thing! the worth is when i found out they were refusing gibbons people were bringing, they were asking people to pay for the cage, the food and the transport and most people didn't have the money so the gibbons were never accepted to the project. when i was there a big donation of 1000 euro was made but this money disappeared as soon as it arrived. i think the idea of the project is very good but the staff is using it for their own benefit, it's just a cover to them to do whatever they want. it is so sad...
My boyfriend and I visited the GRP in Phuket during two weeks travelling around Lao and Thailand (13th Nov to 27th Nov 2004). I think the project is a fantastic cause. There are stories which are placed around the centre about how each of the gibbons were kept captive, how they were rescued and what their chances are of going back to the wild. These stories were very touching.
A few days before visiting the GRP we had gone on a day trip and stopped off at a Buddist Fishing Village where we saw a baby gibbon. He was being used by his owner to tempt tourists in to holding him while having a photo taken, "of course" at a cost. After seeing this and then visiting the GRP I was left with a feeling of anger that this was happening. I knew that I couldn't judge others for the way they make a living but I was shocked and upset at the amount of tourists who only saw what was in front of them with excitment, had their picture taken and didn't think about how the gibbon had been taken from the wild and in the process probably killing it's mother and other gibbons too. Locals will do anything possible to make money so if they know that the tourists will keep paying them money to have their pictures taken with a gibbon then the more gibbons they will take from the wild.
If you are visiting Phuket, Thailand and are thinking of places to visit then the Gibbon Project is a good choice. I'm sure it's a place that will also touch you.
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