31 Juli 2011

Volunteer for the Gibbons Project

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For those nature lovers, joining in the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is an educative experience and a chance to contribute to preserving the environment and wildlife. Established in 1992, this project is a research division which belongs to The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand.

The main goal of this project is to protect gibbons and their natural habitat through education and rehabilitation. The rehabilitation location is situated in the Khao Pra Theaw Non-Hunting Area near Bang Pae Waterfall in Phuket, Thailand. This program aims to prevent deforestation and poaching by gaining support and aiding the preservation movement in the country and it attracts a lot of tourists, international volunteers and students. It is funded by public donations and volunteer programs from philanthropic organizations.

Gibbons are relatively small apes with a lifespan of over 30 years and inhabits the lowland rainforest’s upper canopy. They are known to have a special swinging movement named ‘brachiation’. Other unique feature of the gibbon is their unique territorial songs. These songs are quite loud and can be heard from a long distance in the rainforest. Their food consists of insects, leaves, fruits and flowers. This animal is threatened mainly through the destruction of the rainforests as it is their habitat. However, gibbons are also killed for their meat, pet trade and medicine. The nine species found in South East Asia are present in CITES, a special convention focussing on the international trade of endangered species like these. Though it has long been prohibited to steal gibbons from their habitat since the year 1992, this still continues unfortunately.  The volunteers of this program contribute by spending a few days in the forest to observe the gibbons. These observations continue throughout the day and data is recorded timely according to their behaviour and positions in the forest.

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