The WARF runs an adoption program for some of our gibbons and langurs. In adopting an animal, you receive an adoption pack which contains information about our projects, as well as a photo of your chosen animal, a brief description of how they came to be in our care, a T- shirt and a souvenir.

On joining us, you adopt a gibbon for the chosen period and receive in return: 

     

  • adoption certificate
  • fact  file of your gibbon or langur with photo
  • free t-shirt and souvenir
  • information about our organization
  • update news from our organization (sent via email)
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    Adoption List

    Babies and Juveniles Group


    Arya

    Arya was born in July 2011 to Jonus and Santi. When she was four months old her mother died and she had to be hand raised by staff and volunteers. In 2013 after passing her blood tests she was reintegrated into the rehabilitation centre with 3 other juveniles. She continues to live with Emily and Maesa from that group today in our biggest enclosure. She has grown a lot and has become a very confident and athletic gibbon. She loves to wrestle with Maesa and is starting to try to sing. We are very confident of a successful release in the future.

     

     


    Bobo

    Bobo was brought to the GRP in 2005; he was being kept as a pet but as he grew bigger his ownerfs could no longer take care of him. He was paired with Endoo but unfortunately her mental problems resulted in them having to be separated. Bobo is a fussy eater, so he is mainly fed fruit; unfortunately because of his refusal to eat a lot he cannot be released as he is not strong enough to take care of himself or his family in the wild. We continue to monitor his condition carefully and hope one day he will be strong enough to be released.

     

     


    Emily

    Emily was born to Nuan and max in 2011 at GRP; sadly Nuan rejected Emily as well as her older sister Maesa. She was hand raised by volunteers and staff. She was moved to the rehab centre to live with her sister and the other juveniles. She still lives with Maesa and Arya; she is the least confident of the 3 she always waits for the others to eat first and is sometimes nervous to join in their games. However she is growing well and likes to sit high up in their enclosure watching the visitors at the education centre.

     

     

     

     


    Maesa

    Maesa was born to Nuan and Max in 2010, it was hoped that when Maesa was 1 year old they would be released; unfortunately Nuan rejected Maesa after only a few days. She was raised by volunteers and staff. She was moved to the rehab centre with her younger sister Emily and the other juveniles. She still lives with Emily and Arya in the biggest enclosure. She is an extremely confident gibbon who loves to play with Arya; she is starting to try to sing and is very intelligent.

     

     


     


     

    Khun Saul

    Khun Saul arrived in 2004; he was confiscated from a beach photographer in Patong when he was about 2 years old. He has a scar on his head which we were told was from the owner’s dog attacking him. He has always been a very playful and mischievous gibbon and in 2014 we sent him to Chiang Mai to pair with Brittany. Unfortunately he was too aggressive and the pair was unsuccessful so he was returned to Phuket. We continue to monitor his behaviour to see if his aggression reduces so we can try to pair him again.

     

     


     

    O

    O arrived at the GRP with his friend Mee. They were being kept in a small cage in a Bangkok restaurant. The owner placed them in the front entrance of t-e restaurant, hoping they would attract people to come in and eat. When they were two years old, they were confiscated by the Forest Department because it is illegal to keep gibbons as pets in Thailand. They then lived at the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation in Bangkok, until they were brought to us in September 2002. Unfortunately “O” did not mature very well physically or mentally, and though he has improved greatly his future as part of a family is uncertain.

     

     
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    Epson and Sylvia

    Sylvia was born in 2006; she was confiscated from a photographer in Patong who had filed down her teeth so she couldn’t hurt him. She had been forced to stay awake for long hours surrounded by noise, smoke and flashing lights. Epson arrived at GRP in 2008, he as mistreated by his owner which resulted in him biting a child; he came in an Epson printer box which is how he got his name. He was infected with hepatitis B but recovered well. In 2014 they were paired together and were immediately a very strong couple; they were released in late 2015 and are currently thriving in the forest.

     

     


     

    Annie and Aye Aye

    Annie (female), born wild in 1995, was kept as a pet and had a finger missing on one hand and a very matted coat, with dreadlocked fur, when she came to GRP. Aye Aye (male ), three years Annie’s junior, was being kept in a cage in a temple, when a married couple took pity on him and brought him to GRP. This couple has formed a solid bond and we feel that they are strong candidates for having a family and being successfully released in the near future.

     

     


     

    Champ and Mee

    Champ was born in the wild in 2002; in 2004 he arrived at GRP infected with hepatitis A, mostly likely contracted when his owner injected him to keep him awake at night to be taken around bars. He recovered well and was integrated in to the rehabilitation centre in 2006. Mee came to the project in 2002 after she was rescued in Bangkok were she was kept in a small cage to attract tourists to eat at a restaurant. Mee was unsuccessfully paired with Jojo at the rehab centre and then Payu in the wild before returning to the GRP and being housed next the Champ. The pair were introduced in 2015 and have been extremely successful; they are very calm and loving and we hope to be able to release them very soon.

     

     



     

    Joey and Phi Phi

    Phi Phi was brought to the project in 2009 when she was around 6 months old; she was bought from a photographer but the owner realised they did not have the time to take care of her. Phi Phi was moved to the rehab centre with Crystal where they lived together until Phi Phi became almost bald from Crystal’s over grooming. Joey, like Willy, came to us from a Ranong in 2014- unfortunately we do not know how he came to be there of what happened to him before he was rescued. The couple were introduced in 2015 and after a shaky start they are becoming a very successful couple and we have high hopes for their future in the wild.

     

     

      Brany and Seagame

    Seagame (♀) was born wild in 2006. She arrived at the GRP on the 10th of April 2008 from  Prachuap Khiri Khan province where a Swedish man had bought her at the Sing Kon market. After keeping her for one month her owner learned about the GRP and brought Seagame to Phuket to donate her to us. 

    Seagame arrived only 5 days after Beauty (♀), a similar aged gibbon confiscated from a photographer at Patong, and the two were introduced to each other. Seagame and Beauty instantly became good friends, hugging and seeking comfort from each other.  Shortly afterwards, the two of them were also introduced to Epson (♂), Sylvia (♀) and Jane (♀). However, not long after the whole group was moved to our Rehabilitation site. 

    Seagame was soon housed next to George and while it took a while for the sparks to fly the two soon became inseparable. In 2015 they were released in Khao Phra Thaew national park and at first everything went very well. Sadly George’s body was found on the forest floor, whilst his cause of death is unknown poaching has been ruled out; Seagame had to be recaptured and returned to the rehabilitation site. 

    We were initially concerned how she would cope with being back in captivity but she has done extremely well and remains a confident and strong gibbon. In 2016 she was paired with Brany. The pair progressed quickly, needing very little time before they were fully integrated; they rarely fight and their sexual activity is increasing meaning we are very hopeful that they will be part of a successful release very soon. 

     
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    Bam Bam

    Bam Bam was born wild. She was found abandoned in a cardboard box by the side of the road and arrived at GRP in age of 9 months old. She was paired with Santi, but unfortunately a mark was seen on one of her eyes. Diagnosis showed that she had an inoperable and incurable infection which is already hit one eye and started to hit the other one. Very soon Bam Bam became totally blind. Nevertheless, very soon she acquired the new skills to navigate in her cage. She is so confident that new volunteers often do not know that Bam Bam is blind, as she does not show any awkwardness seen in blind animals. Her cage is located near by Santi’s cage, so she can enjoy his company.

     

     

     

    Santi

    Santi was born at the project on Christmas Eve in 1999, hence the name Santi (Santa Clause). Unfortunately his birth brought conflict between his parents, and he has been rejected. In June 2010, Santi and Jonus were introduced to each other. One year later, a baby named Arya was born. Sadly when Arya was 4 months old Jonus died. A little bit later Santi was paired with Bam Bam, and soon they had a daughter Peepo. They were moved in preparation to be our first release in Chiang Mai. Sadly before they could be released Bambam’s sight deteriorated rapidly until she was quickly completely blind. The family was moved back to Phuket and Bambam was separated from the others in the hope we could find a new adoptive mother for Peepo. 
    Sadly before that could happen Santi became very unwell and had to be immediately treated, unfortunately an unknown side effect of the medication caused him to become blind. As he was now unable to take care of his daughter Peepo was housed with Lumduan who was to be her play mate. Regrettably Peepo developed a serious bacterial infection and died.  
    He struggled at first but is now moving around with more confidence and can find his food bowl with minimal effort; whilst they would no longer survive in the wild Santi and Bambam now live side by side in the rehabilitation centre. 

     

     

      Guinness
    Guinness was born wild in 1987 and kept in a temple with monks for 14 years. He is different species from the other gibbons at the GRP: a Pileated Gibbon. He was bought to the project in November 2001 and was kept in quarantine for 3 years. The GRP then decided to be only focused on the white-handed gibbon and Guinness was sent to WARED in Ranong for 4 years. Here it was attempted to pair him with numerous females of the same species and sadly, all were unsuccessful. Guinness arrived back at the GRP in January 2008, as it was decided he would live out his life here with us. Finally, in 2013 we received Nuan P, another Pileated Gibbon, from Ranong. After almost one year of aggression between Guinness and Nuan P, they friends and now spending all their time together; sometimes they still fight especially around feeding time and they are not a mating pair. The reason why Guinness and Nuan P can not be released is that the Pileated Gibbons are not native to Phuket..
     

      Nuan P
    Same as Guinness, Nuan P is also a Pileated Gibbon. After several attempts to breed Nuan and Guinness in Ranong, they were separated for almost 5 years. In this period Guinness was sent to GRP. Following him Nuan P joined GRP in 2013. After almost a year of aggression they are now spending all their time together; they still occasionally fight and are not a mating pair. Both of them love to sing and have noticeably a different call from the others gibbons here at the GRP.
     


     

    Gibby

    Gibby was collected from Bangkok in February 2008 at the age of 6 years, after being kept as a pet. Her owner looked after her very well, however Gibby has a very loud singing voice and neighbours started to complain. A decision was then made for her to be donated to the project. Gibby is a different species of gibbon, known as a Golden-Cheeked gibbon which is native to Indo-China. Gibby sucks her thumb, which is often seen as a common for gibbons that were removed from their mother at a young age. Gibby adores singing and usually is the first to initiate the chorus. Her cage is located near by viewing area, so the visitors can enjoy her singing skills as well as her impressive acrobatics.

     

     


     

    Joy

    Joy was born wild in 1987 and is one of our oldest gibbons. Joy had been kept as a pet in the most distressing conditions. Being periodically starved by her owners resulted in her developing an eating condition and she becomes very agitated at feeding times. Due to her advanced years, we think it unlikely that she will ever overcome this problem and probably will never be a candidate for release into the wild.

     

     


     

    Endoo

    Endoo, meaning ‘sympathy’ or ‘pity’ in Thai, was born wild in 1998, and was being mistreated as a pet when her owner’s neighbours managed to acquire her and bring her to GRP. Initially Endoo had a self-harming condition, which involved her biting and scratching herself. Since that time she made excellent progress. Now she seems to be very happy and energetic. Nevertheless due to her past her behaviour is often unpredictable. So we cannot pair her with another gibbon and it is unlikely that she will released in next couple of years.

     

     


     

    Tam

    Tam was born wild in 1994; Tam is a permanent resident at GRP due to her physical disabilities. Beaten so brutally by her owner that amputations were necessary, she was then put in a cage with other gibbons without introduction and they bit her. Now she has only one leg and one arm with only two fingers. Despite all this, Tam is gentle and friendly and is still able to play and move around in her cage. She is best friends with Bo in the cage next door and likes to be groomed by him. Tam requires special care. We always chop her food into the smallest pieces and everyday we need to apply the aloe vera on her elbow and talcum powder between to dry the skin between her fingers to prevent infection. She likes to be groomed and keeps volunteers waiting so that she can make her treatment last longer.

     

     


      Rumthai

    Rumthai was born wild in 2001. When she was brought into the GRP, she was one of the most distressing cases we have ever seen. Kept inside a tiny birdcage while she was still growing with virtually no room to move, her spine and arms had grown deformed and she was extremely small and weak. Since that time she has improved greatly, she started to sing and can move around her cage easily using her arms to brachiates a little. Although she still prefers to pick the food up with her feet. Her deformities are too advanced to be reversed completely. Therefore she cannot be released into the wild. Despite her sad story she is always very kind with GRP stuff and volunteer so she is always very popular.
     


      Jep

    Jep, born wild in 2000, appeared in somebody’s kitchen dressed in baby clothes. Since being brought to GRP he has demonstrated distressing behaviour at feeding times, but we have adjusted his feeding regime accordingly and he is starting to settle down. Having been extremely malnourished, Jep is very small for his age, even though he is at the age of sexual maturity. His neighbours with Rumthai and we see them interact. We are closely monitoring him and hope that we will be able to find the suitable partner for him in the near future.
     


      Honey

    Honey is different species of gibbon, an Agile Gibbon, who arrived at the GRP in March 2007. We estimate her age to be about 10 years old, but unfortunately we don’t have enough information about her background. At first Honey was introduced to cage mate Bobbie, to whom she helped bring confidence. However since Honey is not a white-handed gibbon, we decided to separate them until we can find her a suitable mate. She can be seen playing in the rain because she likes being in the water unlike others gibbons. Honey’s cage is located next to Gibby’s cage at the Rehabilitation site, and although they cannot stay together, they have been seen holding hands across the gap between their cages.
     


      Mai

    Mai was born at the project in 1997. We tried to release Mai several times. For the first time Mai was released with 3 others juveniles, but it was unsuccessful, and we decided to bring him back to GRP. We tried also to reintroduce him with his parents, but his father rejected him. Then Mai was paired with female for 3 years, but their relationship was unsuccessful. He was then paired with Shirley and soon they had a baby, and were very close to being released. But tragedy struck when a python attacked the family, killing the baby and leaving Shirley with serious injuries. Mai was then paired with Kushta, and had a baby named Pee Mai. Their family was going to be released but Mai mysteriously lost his sight and had to be brought at Wildlife rest center site. Now his condition does not appear to be improving. Therefore he cannot be released into the wild again
     
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    Balloon

    Balloon arrived at GRP when she was just 4 months old. She was used by her owner to attract customers to a balloon stand at the Heroines Festival in Thalang. She was surrounded by noise and bright lights. She was brought by someone who took pity on her and bought her for 2,000 Baht. Today she shares her cage with Jackie Chan another dusky langur and Kluay a Banded

     

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    Being only the one female in their enclosure she is always surrounded by attention and love; she is besotted with Jackie Chan and loves to groom him all day. She sometimes teases Kluay by chasing him around to remind him who is boss!

     


     

    Jackie

    Jackie was kept as a pet in Thalang on Phuket. His owner decided to donate Jackie to GRP because he was moving to a different house and couldn’t take Jackie with him. His canine teeth have been filed down. Today he shared the cage with Balloon a female dusky langur and Kluay who is a banded langur. Jackie pays special attention to Balloon and never misses a chance to groom her. We are hoping that we will be able to release Jackie and Balloon as their species is native to Phuket but we need a troop of at least 6 to ensure their survival.

     

     


     

    Kluay

    Kluay, which means “Banana” in Thai, was brought to the GRP Education Centre when he was 6 months old by the owner who felt sorry for him and bought him for 2,500 baht in Krabi Province. After a blood test he joined Jackie chan and Balloon and has been adopted by them despite being a different species. Kluay is still very nervous against the people, but happily he is very amiable with others langurs; he loves to eat potatoes and is very athletic.

     

     

      Grape
    Grape is another dusky langur; he was born in the wild before he was stolen from his family by poachers and sold illegally at a market. Luckily for Grape, he was spotted by a local Phuket family who bought him from the markets to save his life – many local communities at langurs and dry their livers for medicine. For many years he was kept as a pet in Phuket town, but in September 2014 he was brought to the GRP after his owners decided they were not able to keep him anymore. Although he is in good physical condition, Grape has sadly lived most of his life in social isolation and may be lacking important langur communication skills. We must therefore be very careful when introducing him to the other langurs that they do not fight with or bully Grape. All attempts to integrate have so far been unsuccessful.
     
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    More information contact : adoptinfo@gibbonproject.org

     

     



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