Save gibbons and save forests

Tambon Pa Klok, ThailandPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Thanaphat

2 hours, Hosted in English
Committed to safety
This Host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people
Includes tickets and equipment

What you'll do

At the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, where we succeeded in reintroduced gibbons back to the wild where they were poached to extinction some 40 years ago, I will introduce you to our missions, our hopes, our research works and our gibbons in care. I (or my researcher team) will escort then show you how to prepare special gibbon nutrition ball. You will learn and enjoy making this supplement food wrapping in banana leaf and put it in our long-distance feeding system.

At this stage, I will teach you how to observe and collect valuable research data from gibbons. You will also learn how to differentiate and understand each voice they make and hidden meaning of their movement behaviors. I will share you unforgettable stories while I follow this species in the deep jungle. This is a great opportunity to be once-in-a-life-time gibbon research assistant and make a better life for them.

Moreover, if lucky, you will see some other beautiful wildlife including Oriental Pied Hornbill, Flying Lemurs, Flying Dragon, Golden Orb-weaver Spider and many more! Our experience ends at 11:30 am but we suggest you to spare another hour trekking and appreciating a beautiful waterfall in the last remaining rain forest of Phuket.
Other things to note
Just to first remind everyone that we are not a Zoo. We are much more than a zoo. We rescue, rehabilitate and release gibbons back to the forest. It is a good place to take your kids to learn about environmental and wildlife.
At the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, where we succeeded in reintroduced gibbons back to the wild where they were poached to extinction some 40 years ago, I will introduce you to our missions, our hopes, our research works and our gibbons in care. I (or my researcher team) will escort then show you how to prepare special gibbon nutrition ball. You will learn and enjoy making this supplement food wrapping in banana leaf and put it in our long-dist…
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What's included

  • Tickets
    National Park Entrance Fee. This allows you to access to our project site,...
  • Equipment
    Necessities for gibbon nutrition balls making and research data collection...

Meet your Host, Thanaphat

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 6 Reviews
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Hi, you can call me Than. Before I started to volunteer at the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF) full time, I have learned to love wild animals since I was a kid. WARF was founded in 1992 by my mother and her friends. I remember growing up caring for hundreds of rescued gibbons, orphan bears, blinded tigers in our backyard. This whole life experience inspired me to pursue my study in environment, forestry, and ecotourism. Now I spend 50% of my time in the forest and another 50% in an organization management. I also go out to local schools to educate children about saving wildlife and environment. I love talking to visitors, meeting people, and sharing my knowledge. I can’t wait to welcome you all to this beautiful Phuket city!
Hi, you can call me Than. Before I started to volunteer at the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF) full time, I have learned to love wild animals since I was a kid. WARF was founded in 1992 by my mother and her friends. I remember growing up caring for hundreds of rescued gibbons, orphan bears, blinded tigers in our backyard. This whole life experience inspired me to pursue my study in environment, forestry, and ecotourism. Now I spend 50% of my time in the forest and another 50% in…
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About the organization: The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF)



We are on a mission to return Thailand wildlife species back to where they were previously extinct from the wild. Since 1992, we have operated several wildlife sanctuaries that are focused on providing appropriate housing and caring for animals. Our Gibbon Rehabilitation Project aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release confiscated gibbons from Illegal tourist industry back to its habitat.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF).
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Where you'll be

Settle in the last rain forest of Phuket, our project is located in Khao Prataew National Park area which is also an entrance to the famous Bangpae Waterfall. The experience is arranged in an outdoor space where you can witness our gibbons in care. After the experience is done, you can take some time to trek up to the waterfall.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 6 reviews.

Sasha
March 2020
This is a once in a lifetime experience! I highly recommend! My husband and I visited during our honeymoon and really enjoyed our guided tour of the center. Thanaphat and his team are extremely knowledgeable and are doing a phenomenal job taking care of the gibbons, which includes rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing back into the local national park. I recommend doing this experience rather than visiting the center on your own since you will be able to get one on one guidance and hands on knowledge from the staff and you will be able to feed the gibbons and make their enrichment yourself. Can’t say enough positive things about this experience!
Harriet
February 2020
An incredible experience, a chance to see gibbons on their way back to the wild, we felt very privileged to witness and learn about the hard work they do at the gibbon rehabilitation centre and it was priceless to hear them singing and to get to help prepare their food! A wonderful morning.
Elyse
February 2020
I loved this experience! The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project is such an amazing place. I learned so much about Gibbons. Seeing the work they do here to rehabilitate them was incredible, and I loved getting the opportunity to feed them and observe their individual personalities. You can tell that each person there truly cares about these animals and wants to see them thrive. I'd recommend this to anyone, but especially animal lovers such as myself.
Kelly
February 2020
Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience to help the animals. You have no direct contact with the Gibbons, so you can wear new clothes without fear of them getting clawed at. You feed them from a distance using pulleys and rope. The host takes photos of you in action feeding the Gibbons, as well, and he's not a bad photographer, either!
Mike
January 2020
This experience was excellent for us to learn more about gibbons, to be able to feed them via pulleys, and to contribute to a grassroots effort that really makes a difference to the animals. We learned about the back stories of the gibbons that are being helped, and how to prepare food, and we made food, and observed two gibbons in their enclosures before and after feeding. The idea of the sanctuary is largely to rescue the gibbons from inappropriate tourism, so by definition you should not have an expectation that you will get to play with the gibbons or get photographs taken with them- that was what they are being rescued from :) We enjoyed our time and our hosts were warm and knowledgable, and we decided at the end to adopt a gibbon. Note also that the waterfall very nearby is worth visiting so plan on leaving some extra time at the end.
Jane
November 2019
Highly recommend this experience! It was amazing, educational and magical.

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 5 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

Phone with camera or camera (no flash allowance)
Comfortable pair of sneakers (will get dirty by red dirt)
No perfume and no sparkling jewelry
Hat (may have fallen leaves)

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.