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:
fact file of your gibbon or langur with photo
a free t-shirt and souvenir
information about our organization
update news from our organization (sent via email)
Babies and Juveniles Group
Arya Sex : Female Born : 15 July 2011 Arrived GRP in : 2011
Arya (♀) was born at our Rehabilitation site to mother Jonus (♀) and father Santi (♂) on July 15th 2011. As the couple's firstborn she was the seal to the little family's new exiting future and her birth placed them next in line to participate in our reintroduction program. Unfortunately, their release was halted when Jonus became fatally ill and Arya, not even 4 months old, had to be taken away to be hand-reared by GRP staff and volunteers.
Despite suddenly becoming orphaned at a very young age, Arya was spared a lot of the trauma that most of our other gibbons have undergone. All the gibbons rescued or re-homed to GRP are originally wild born and would have seen their mothers shot dead in front of them in order for them to be captured for the illegal wildlife trade. Arya has experienced minimal trauma and she has proved to be a strong and independent little gibbon who has no particular fondness for people and is keen to get on in life. From early on she proved advanced for her age and despite her tiny frame and spindly appearance she would bounce and swing and tirelessly practice her natural gibbon skills.
When Arya was around 6 months old she was allowed regular supervised meetings with Emily (♀), 6 months older but far less advanced, and when she was around a year old Arya has was introduced to Emily's timid older sister Maesa (♀). After some initial rough hair pulling, Arya learnt to play nicely and to respond appropriately to the others' needs and the three of them became a very tight unit. When Maesa reached sexual maturity she moved out to live in a different enclosure with potential mate Tunda (♀), while Arya remains sharing the large enclosure with Emily.
Bobo Sex : Male Born : 2001 Arrived GRP in : 2005
Bobo (♂) was born in the wild in 2001 and was kept as a pet in Phuket Town. At four years old he had grown big and aggressive for his owners to handle, so they brought him to GRP. On arrival Bobo was a spoiled pet who refused to drink water without added sweeteners and he has never really learned to appreciate vegetables and natural gibbon foods.
After spending some time living next to other juveniles, but without successfully integrating with them, attempts were made to pair Bobo with Shirley (♀). This was also unsuccessful possibly due to Bobo‟s young age. In 2006 an attempt to pair him with Endoo (♀) also failed due to Endoo‟s fragile psychological state (Endoo is a self-harmer who started to bite herself and she now lives at our Wildlife Rest Center where she can be monitored more closely). For a while Bobo and another young male, O (♂), were able to have some positive interactions and do some grooming through the mesh between their enclosures.
Sadly, Bobo himself has proved to have some troublesome behaviours, including a tendency towards anorexia. We have not yet managed to socialise him with a female. Bobo is now staying at our Rehabilitation Site where we are able to monitor his eating habits more closely and substitute his diet with extra sweet fruits and supplements. Bobo continues to show signs of anorexia sometimes not eating anything all day; this means he is not strong enough to keep himself, let alone a family, alive in the wild.
Unfortunately, the fact remains, after being separated from his mother at such a young age certain skills remain a mystery to him. Grooming is still a skill that eludes him to this day and his lack of social skills means at present he does not have anyone to help him out with this most important of gibbon tasks. We continue to monitor Bobo very closely and hope to continue building on his slow but steady progress.
Emily Sex : Female Born : 11 March 2011 Arrived GRP in : 2011
Emily (♀) was born to mother Nuan (♀) and father Max (♂) at our Rehabilitation site on March 11th 2011. Sadly, Nuan showed no ability to look after her and Emily had to be taken away from her parents to be hand-reared. As a memory from the short time with her family she had a lot of bruises and the tip of one finger was damaged.
Emily was incredibly shy and quite introvert as a baby. She would often curl up as a ball and suck her thumb for comfort. Fortunately - although she was still receiving milk from a bottle several times a day - she could soon share a cage with other baby gibbons, one of them her 1-year older sister Maesa, who also was rejected by their mother. Soon after Emily’s 2nd birthday she and her friends Arya (♀) and Maesa had their blood test and when confirmed clean could move on in their Rehabilitation process and meet other gibbons. The trio was introduced to Phi Phi (♀) in mid-2013 and a few months later all 4 were moved into our largest play-cage at the Rehabilitation site. Now that they are sexually mature enough, Phi Phi and Maesa live in different enclosures.
They have been introduced to males in the hope that they will become breeding pairs.
Emily and Arya are too young to be introduced to males just yet. Together, they are still very much enjoying their youth! When she was younger, Emily was very shy. It seems that by being egged on by bossy Arya, Emily's confidence has grown and grown.
She is much less dependent on people now too, which is exactly what the GRP team like to see. Each day, Emily can be seen exploring the world around her - she likes to play with the water spray when her enclosure is being cleaned and she enjoys discovering new fruits. Her future, in the wild, still looks very promising.
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 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.
Guinness Sex : Male Born : 1987 Arrived GRP in : 2001
Guinness (♂) was born wild in 1987 and after his capture he was kept by monks as a pet in a temple for 14 years. Guinness is a Pileated gibbon, a species of gibbon that has recently been listed as Critically Endangered in the wild. Because the species is not native to Phuket there was never any possibility of release to wild here and ever since Guinness’ initial arrival at the GRP in 2001 we have been searching for options for his future. In order for Guinness to lead a fuller life in captivity we were hoping to find him a mate of the same species. After a few years at GRP’s quarantine site a solution appeared to send him to WARF’s Wild Animal Rescue and Education Center in Ranong province where they had single pileated female gibbons in 2003.
Unfortunately the extremely long time Guinness has spent as a pet with humans have seriously affected his social skills with other gibbons. This is only what can be expected from an animal such as the gibbon, which has an 8-10 year long childhood during which time they learn all the appropriate behaviours from their parents. Once adults, gibbons are equipped with sharp canines as deadly weapons and this often means it is too late for a naïve gibbon to be safely introduced to other gibbons. Attempts to socialise Guinness were unsuccessful and in 2008 it was decided that he would live out his years at the GRP and so he was returned here.
Housed in the lower row of cages at our Rehabilitation site next to another pileated gibbon female called Nuan and over time we plan to slowly introduce them. Guinness is probably the gibbon that most enjoys the visiting public. He enjoys showing off his impressive swinging moves and loves when people pay him attention.
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 Sex : Female Born : 2002 Arrived GRP in : 2008
Gibby (♀) is a golden-cheeked gibbon, native to Indo-China, who was smuggled from the wild across international borders to be kept as a pet in Bangkok. Her human family did their best to look after her well, but upon approaching maturity Gibby’s loud singing voice started to disturb the neighbours and they felt compelled to give her away. In February 2008, 6-year-old Gibby was given to WARF in Bangkok, and was soon brought to GRP.
After a short quarantine period, Gibby received a clean bill of health, and was quickly moved to our Rehabilitation site where she has lived ever since. As a non-native species in Thailand there is sadly no chance for Gibby to be returned to the wild where she belongs. We hope that one day we will find a suitable cage-mate for her to live with, but so far attempts to house Gibby socially have been unsuccessful and for now she remains single.
Although Gibby’s human family were very caring towards her, living in social isolation from other gibbons has clearly left its mark. To this day Gibby sucks her thumb, a comforting behavior often seen in primate babies that have been removed from their natural mothers at too young an age. She also exhibits other behavioural patterns, and physiological problems, that reflect the trauma and stress she has experienced at the hands of the exotic pet trade.
As a permanent resident, Gibby is housed on the lowest level of the Rehabilitation site where the visiting public can see her. She is one of our loudest gibbons and often initiates the start of the morning chorus. She is a very active gibbon and loves to play around in her enclosure all day. She is particularly fond of her swing, and every day shows off her incredible flexibility and strength swinging and jumping back and forth.
Endoo Sex : Female Born : 1998 Arrived GRP in : 1999
Endoo (♀) was born in the wild in 1998. She came to the GRP in 1999 after having been mistreated by her owners. The village neighbours, who had witnessed the abuse, saved up to some money to buy the young gibbon from her owners and bring her to the GRP where she would get a better life and a chance to return to the rainforest again. Here, Endoo was given her name, which means pity or sympathy in Thai.
Initially Endoo did not seem much different from other rescued gibbons and her rehabilitation progress was normal. First she shared a cage with the slightly younger gibbons, but after a few years she was housed with the one year older Mai (♂) in the hope that a pair bond would start to develop between them as they matured. Sadly, as Endoo was approaching the age when gibbons usually reach sexual maturity, her psychological problems became more and more evident. By 2005 she was engaged in severe self-harming behaviours, opening her own arms into the muscles with her newly developed adult canines. Endoo was separated from Mai as there was little hope of a natural pair bond developing between them under these circumstances. Around a year later, when the problem still remained the same and Endoo was suffering from chronic blood loss and risk of infections and blood poisoning, the GRP took the decision to remove her canines. This decision was made in order to save her life, but also meant that she would never be able to participate in our reintroduction program, as a gibbon in the wild needs their canines. Unfortunately gibbons that have been orphaned at a young age and undergone other early life traumas can develop severe psychological disorders like this. Endoo is currently in a stable condition at the Wildlife Rest Centre where she has lived since 2013.
What the future holds for Endoo is uncertain, ideally, we would like to pair with one of our males that cannot be released. However, in doing this we may cause her to regress and this is something the GRP would like to avoid at all costs. Endoo’s psychological issues continue to test the staff at the GRP, but slowly we are appearing to winning a very difficult battle.
Tam Sex : Female Born : 1997 Arrived GRP in : 2002
Tam(♀) born wild in 1994, she is a permanent resident at GRP due to her physical disabilities. Tam was previously kept as a pet and when her wild instincts caused her to disagree with her human owner he beat her and left the resulting injuries untreated for too long. By the time Tam received help, the only way to save her from dying of blood poisoning from the infected wounds, was to amputate a hand and a foot. Subsequently her new owners tried to house her with other gibbons – an attempt that failed when Tam was attacked and lost 3 fingers on her remaining hand. Shortly after this event Tam was brought to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, in December 2002.
Despite all this, Tam gets on with her life as everyone else. She is housed in a double set of small cages, instead of a large one as she needs the support from the mesh to manoeuvre around. Constantly using the two fingers on her one hand causes some skin irritations, so volunteers and staff apply baby powder and lotion on a daily basis to avoid infection. Tam does not always cooperate with this procedure, but for her own good, patient cares persevere by grooming her until she allows the treatment. Tam remains one of the definite favourites at our Rehabilitation site.
Tam also has an edge to her and although she loves to spend time with her best friend Bo (♂), she is lacking in social skills and has given him some nasty bites in the past. It would seem only natural that she would easily distrust both people and other gibbons, given her traumatic past. However, she is normally a very cheerful gibbon who fully joins in all the daily activities at our Rehabilitation site and she is one of the loudest singers onsite.
Rumthai Sex : Female Born : 2001 Arrived GRP in : 2002
Rumthai (♀) was born wild in 2001 and when she was brought into the GRP, she was one of the most distressing cases we have ever seen. She had been kept inside a tiny birdcage with virtually no room to move, her spine and arms were deformed and she was extremely small and weak. She suffers from a degenerative condition called Kyphoscoliosis syndrome, probably caused by a blunt trauma to her spine when she, still clinging to her dead mother, fell down from the treetops as a tiny infant. Shooting the mother gibbon is the only way poachers can get hold of a baby gibbon for the pet trade. Despite her problems Rumthai soon showed us what a survivor she is. She soon gained strength and started brachiating a little, although she has always preferred to pick things up with her feet. From an early age Rumthai was able to enjoy the company of other gibbons. Because of her ability to make friends and socialize, Rumthai is a well-adjusted female who despite all her physical problems is psychologically healthy.
Unfortunately, Rumthai will never be able to live in the wild and as she matured, we had to separate her from others as we are afraid she would not survive a pregnancy nor would she be able to carry a baby. Her physical health has always been fragile and over the years she has struggled with skin and fur problems and in addition she has always been a picky eater. For the past few years she has been housed at our Wildlife Rest Center, next to her good friend Jep (♂) - the two of them get a lot of comfort from each other.
Rumthai clearly seems to enjoy life next to her good friend Jep a gibbon she has grown up with at the GRP. Despite her small stature she most definitely has the biggest voice of all the gibbons currently residing in the Wildlife Rest Centre. It is heart-warming to see such a fragile looking gibbon who suffered for so long showing the world that she will not be held back.
She continues to eat with her feet which are something we believe will now never change. On a positive note, her fur and skin have been in a good condition for a while now meaning at present she is also medication free.
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