The Gibbon Rehabilitation Center seeks to repair some of the damage done to the local population of white-handed gibbons and to repopulate the local forest with the released animals. You can visit the Center for free, but as it depends on volunteers and donations, it's expected that you cough up a little something.
The story of gibbons on Phuket is a sad one. Poachers stripped the local jungle of the animals more than 30 years ago. These days when you see a gibbon, it's generally being led around in a drugged state as a tourist attraction.
At the Center, gibbons are taught how to adjust to life in the trees. They are paired with other gibbons (as often they have been kept alone, so don't know how to socialize properly) and are introduced to their natural foods.
You can watch the gibbons from a viewing platform and talk to staff about their work.
Review by Mel, October 2011
Unfortunately due to heavy rains we could not walk around the gibbons enclosures due to them being on side of a hill. Though we enjoyed watching them from the bottom and it was great to hear the education that the volunteers are passing on to visitors. I would hope that the Government etc. would help build a new rehabilitation center on ground level and help with funding as the volunteers basically have to try ask for tourist to donate. Was good to see there are people dedicated to the rehabilitation of these beautiful Gibbons.
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Center is in the Khao Pra Theaw Non-Hunting Area. To get there, take Highway 4027 and head to the Bang Pae waterfall.