The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) works to save and protect gibbons that were mistreated in the touristic industry or kept as pets. When a gibbon is brought to the sanctuary - it undergoes medical tests and if it is possible - starts a very long and complex rehabilitation process in the end of which he will hopefully be able to return to the wild.
If you are in Phuket, you can visit the GRP education center . In there you can see the gibbons that are staying in the center and meet the staff that will be glad to answer any questions and explain more.In order to give the gibbons a chance at rehabilitation, the philosophy of the GRP is to reduce human contact with the animals. Therefore, you will have a chance to observe and photograph the apes, but you will not be able to get too close. If you would like to experience more, you could become a volunteer.
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Volunteers are always needed to help with all aspects of the project’s work including: caring for the gibbons, speaking to tourists, observing the released gibbons in the forest and fundraising. you will be given the opportunity to observe and compare the differences in behavior and lifestyle between those gibbons placed in captivity to those in the forest.
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The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) was set up in 1992 in Phuket at that time in order to protect and provide a safe environment for Gibbons, particularly those that have previously been mistreated, rescued and brought to the project. The project would then see that the Gibbons undergo a structured rehabilitation process in preparation for their potential release back into the wild.
Before releasing the gibbons back into the forest the GRP must ensure that the gibbons are free from disease and that they can survive on their own in the wild. This is a long process that can take many years.
It involves a series of environments, which encourages their natural behaviors and provides them with the opportunity to practice brachiating, eat natural foods, and have maximum contact with other gibbons and minimum contact with humans.