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A rewarding opportunity to gain voluntary experience during your gap year! Gibbons are beautiful and charming creatures that deserve to be loved and well cared for. Focusing on the care of Gibbons who have been injured, ill-treated or abused, the centre aims to provide a safe and comfortable environment for them. As they are unable to return to the wild, the animals will spend the rest of their lives at the centre. Therefore, the quality of life that they have is paramount to the project. To compensate for them being unable to return to the wild the Gibbons are trained to interact with humans, providing them with the socialising experiences that they need to be content. As a participant, your main role would be active in ensuring the Gibbons are safe, comfortable and live in a clean environment. You would also have the pleasure of interacting with them. Somewhere between a sanctuary and a jungle, the centre provides the Gibbons with large, spacious cages with interconnecting tunnels. This allows for them to be safe while enjoying as much freedom of movement as possible. Being agile creatures, they are able to jump between trees that are up to 15 metres apart! Although the centre, surrounded by luscious nature, focuses on the care of Gibbons, other animals won’t be turned away so you may be lucky enough to encounter other species during your stay.
In the morning and afternoon, you will carry out duties to prepare, distribute and give the food to the Gibbons.
Clean and Tidy Enclosures
A dirty job but essential for the comfort and happiness of the animals. In order to protect everyone’s safety, you won’t be getting in the cages with the Gibbons. The cleaning is done from the underneath of the enclosures.
Due to past ill treatment, many of the Gibbons have a fear of humans so this task isn’t as easy as it sounds. However it is of high value to the animals. You’ll be encouraging them to feel safe by petting them, holding their hands and imitating their calls.
On arrival in Singburi, you will be met at 8pm and transferred overnight to the project location.
In order to raise your awareness of the active role you will take on at the project, the first day will introduce you to the project and the expectations of you. It will be emphasised that all direct contact with the Gibbons MUST be supervised by the staff at the centre. This is due to the fact that all Gibbons are individual and you will need to get to know them before you can touch them.
Tuesday to Friday
Your work on the project begins! Gibbons demand an early start so be ready for an early call from the incredibly loud animals, to prepare their breakfast. After feeding them, your duties will involve cleaning the enclosures, socialising with the animals and occasionally showing visitors around. If participants have a suitable background, they may sometimes assist with medical procedures. The Gibbons go to bed quite early so from approximately 3:30 you’ll be free to enjoy walking around the sanctuary or to choose a method of relaxation.
Time to depart the sanctuary – unless you’ve planned to stay for longer than a week!