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The white-handed gibbon is native to Phuket, but the species was poached to extinction from Phuket between the 70’s and early 80’s, mainly to use a tourist photo prop. GRP is the longest operating gibbon re-introduction project in the world, despite early re-introduction attempts in the 1990’s not being successful. Since 2002, however, GRP’s work has been groundbreaking, with the breeding program of white-handed gibbons (Hylobates lar) into the Khao Phra Thaew forest on Phuket. This forest was originally selected as it was the largest remaining evergreen rainforest on the mainland of Phuket covering an area of 2,228 ha.
Join us for an exciting Volunteer Opportunity Now !
Following years of rehabilitation the reward of freedom is just ahead for our mature gibbons Brany (♂) and Seagame (♀) and we need your help to give them the best possible chance of survival as we supervise their reintroduction to the forest. The site has been chosen but we need more volunteers to help us, as previously released gibbons are establishing their territories close by. The materials and the acclimatisation cage have been moved to the area and once it is completed the happy couple will move in for at least two months. During this time they will get used to their new home, the smell, the sounds and the wild gibbons calls. We need to build up the number of volunteers during the release phase so we can continue to monitor Brany and Seagame 24/7 for at least two weeks after the removal of the cage. We would like to carry on the follow up study for as long as possible as Brany and Seagame adapt to their long-awaited new environment. If you have in interest in conservation and would like to be part of this exciting venture email email@example.com