Attraction Namtok Bang Toei, Tambon Pa Klok, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand Published on: 26-06-2016
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Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is special ?
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is a unique animal welfare under the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand, working to rehabilitate unwanted or confiscated gibbons from the pet trade and tourist industry and to reintroduce suitable candidates back to the wild.The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) was set up in 1992 by Mr Noppadol Preuksawan, the chief of the Royal Forest Department in Phuket at that time, Mr. Thavrn Sri-Oon, Bang Pae Sub-Station chief, the Asian Wildlife Fund and an American Zoologist called Terrance Dillon Morin. In 1994 the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF) started to support the project, and they are now a research division of WARF.
What to explore at Gibbon Rehabilitation Project?
You can visit the center and see some of the gibbons from the viewing platform. It was wonderful to see some Gibbons and to read and hear about their backgrounds. Though you don't meet the gibbons per se, you can see them and most importantly hear their beautiful song echoing around the jungle. You learn of their stories and meet some of the volunteers who work tirelessly to do as much as they can on very limited funds. It's one of the few places you go where you feel your visit counts and can actually help a lot.
You can walk up the track to the Waterfall for a swim after and there is excellent places to eat.
How to get to Gibbon Rehabilitation Project?
The GRP are around 20 km away from Phuket International Airport, from here you should follow the sign to the Heroines monument and turn left onto road 4027. Follow the road until you see the sign for Bang Pae Waterfall, where you turn left and drive for 1 km to the entrance of the park. You will have to pay an entrance fee to the National Park Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department. Once inside the park a car park is provided and you can walk from here to our center.
- A great project and worthwhile charity
- Gives back some faith in humanity
- Support animals in the best way
- Nice waterfall and chance to see gibbons
- Great centre, friendly positive staff
Namtok Bang Toei, Tambon Pa Klok, Amphoe Thalang, Chang Wat Phuket 83110, Thailand
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Wow. The guys are doing a great job here. Very impressed. Ask smn from the staff to tell you what it's all about, they are very friendly and knowledgeable.
After lunch we planned a visit to this charity set up. It is completely funded from donations so we really were not sure what to expect. It is in a wonderful setting in a national park, which also has a waterfall which is worth a visit and a dip if you get the chance. It was a humid afternoon and we were very surprised to be greeted by the smiling Christina, a volunteer from Denmark of all places. So, with our tour and all the explanations being in great English we embarked on our journey of discovery. Christina has previously spent time with primates in Cameroon and monkeys in Ecuador. The setting is large, however, visitors only get to see a small part and a few of the Gibbons as the intention is to return most to the wild, which can take up to ten years. There are some sad stories here, and I really liked the donation solution which is to sponsor the apes (and few monkeys they have also) for a period of time suitable for all wallets. The gift shop has some interesting products too and have at least thought about being a little different. You cannot hold or pet the Gibbons here, perhaps that is common sense, do be aware though, and as they encourage quiet visitors perhaps not great for small children. For an afternoon or morning visit though to see some real good being done, and an adjacent great lunch venue, plus the park and waterfall, if you want to do some tourist stuff a little off the beaten track then I recommend this. And, good luck to Christina who we understand is off on another adventure soon after 3 months at GRP. We were very pleased to also receive a personal thank you email from the general manager a couple of days after our visit