The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project Phuket Reviews
Good Cause Visit Dec 05, 2012
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is located within the east entrance to the Phuket National Park, about 45 minutes from Phuket Town Centre.
You have to pay 200Baht entrance to the park, apparently none of this goes to the upkeep of the project.
The project is admittedly not much to look at. It's on the right before you walk on to see the waterfall. The volunteers there will explain to you a slight bit of information about the project and it's aims - to capture/save abused Gibbon monkeys, rehabilitate them in an environment with other Gibbons and release them into the wild, depending on whether or not they are suitable candidates for this. Unfortunately, some of the Gibbons were so badly treated that they will never be able to release into the wild.
On some very old and battered information boards and pages explaining each Gibbons circumstances before they arrived at the project and their status as it stands. The aim is to lower their interaction with humans so they become purely self-dependent and teach them to not depend on human contact. For this reason, you cannot go and stand right beside their cages. You can see them from a little bit away playing in their enclosures.
I have seen reviews before that hated the centre because you couldn't see the Gibbons up close. But obviously these people did not understand what the project was about.
They ask you to donate what you can to a good cause and you get the opportunity to sponsor one of the Gibbons - it costs about 40 Euro for ONE WHOLE YEAR!
Unfortunately, our desire to see tropical, unusual animals is killing them! This project serves to put them back into their natural habitat - the National Park in which it's located.
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