Gibbon Reintroduction in Cambodia

Gibbon Reintroduction in Cambodia

Gibbons, in Cambodia, are among many threatened species that need protection. As with gibbons in Thailand, their numbers are declining due to the loss of habitats, poaching for meat, low birth rates, and the pet trade.

You can read more, about Thailand’s gibbons, in our Thailand section here.

The loss of gibbons’ natural habitat is a huge factor in their decline in Cambodia. The country’s forests are disappearing at an alarming rate. The loss of forests means that their habitats are being reduced. This in turn, has meant that gibbons have become extinct in many areas of the country.

Flight of the GibbonTM funds a local NGO (non-governmental organization) to work towards conservation goals.

On the 13th of December, 2013, the Wildlife Alliance of Cambodia reintroduced a native species of gibbon into the low land forest at Angkor Archaeological Park. That’s where Flight of the GibbonTM is based, near Siem Reap, Cambodia.

The gibbons have thrived since their release into the forest. On the 3rd of September, 2014 they had their first child! This baby gibbon is the first to be born inside Angkor Archaeological Park in more than a century! The previous gibbon populations had long been extinct here.

This joyous event gives us hope and further motivates us to continue working towards the reintroduction of more gibbons and other threatened species in the coming years. This will always be done under the direction of specialist NGOs, universities and the Forestry Department.

For the moment the adult gibbons have been named Baray and Saranick the baby Gibbon was named Ping-peeung or Spider.

Wildlife Alliance organization provides technical assistance and critical thinking to governments and strives for stakeholder consensus in achieving solutions to multiple environmental threats, including animal trafficking, economic land concessions for agro-industrial plantations and mining, and community encroachment on forestland. Wildlife Alliance is the leader in direct protection to forests and wildlife. Their mission is to combat deforestation, wildlife extinction, climate change, and poverty by partnering with local communities and governments.

"Wildlife Alliance appreciates the donation made by Flight of the Gibbon towards our work to restore wildlife back into the forests of Angkor. This has helped us to continue with the monitoring and post release protocols of the two pairs of gibbons and trio of silvered langurs we have already released there. We would also like to acknowledge the responsible behavior of the Flight of the Gibbon ground staff towards the pair of gibbons released close to their work premises, which has ensured as little interaction with visitors as possible.  Wildlife Alliance thanks Flight of the Gibbon for their support and hopes that this relationship can continue so that in time sustainable populations of pileated gibbons and other wildlife can be seen in the Angkor forest once again.
Mr. Nick Marx
Director, Wildlife Rescue and Care Programes