The shelter gives a home to different gibbon species; the White handed -, Ruif – and Piliated gibbons. Gibbons are little, monogamous, territorial apes who live in the high treetops in the lowland rainforest in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately gibbons are threatened with extinction.

The White handed- and Ruif gibbons become active shortly before sunrise and are welcoming the day by singing loudly (both with another sound). This territorial call (like a duet) is unique and is constantly being repeated during daytime. They are swinging with their arms from branch to branch, a efficient way to propel, also known as ‘brachiating’ or linger arm movement.


Volunteering with gibbons in Thailand. In 1991 this project was set up with the aim of shelter gibbons and rehabilitating them wherever possible, so that they can eventually return to the wild. Unfortunately, this is no longer possible for many gibbons on this project and they continue to live on the project for the rest of their lives where they are well cared for. In the meantime, the project also captures other animals besides gibbons, such as monkeys, bears, foxes and birds, etc.

The project is led by the founder of this shelter. She will tell about the gibbons and her project with passion. The rest of the staff consists of a number of permanent Thai employees who will accompany you during your stay. The language spoken here is English (and Thai).

The project is situated in the Northwest of Thailand in a mountain environment near the Burmese border. The nearby city is about one hour drive to the project (45 km). It is a beautiful area and there are an number of excursions possible, like for example visiting the waterfalls and Umphang National Forest.

You will be responsible for arranging your own transport to the project. Further details on travel information to the project will be provided after your booking.

The work with monkeys is varied and your tasks can be:

  • Preparing the food for the gibbons and other animals.
  • Feeding all animals and refreshing their drinking water.
  • Cleaning the enclosures, water containers and cribs.
  • Maintaining enclosures and building new ones if necessary.
  • Observe gibbons, or research/study.
  • Help with medical checks.
  • Maintainance.
  • Possibly inform and guide tourists and/or schools who are visiting the project.
  • Assist making billboards etc.
  • Sometimes you can join picking up or rescuing a gibbon somewhere.

You’ll work 7 days a week (about 7 hours a day). However, it is possible to get free in consultation.

You’ll stay in a house at the sanctuary and usually you’ll share the bedroom with another volunteer. The bathrooms, little kitchen and tv/dvd room will be used by all participants. The bedrooms have a fan and there is WIFI. 

As a volunteer you must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum age for participation is 17 years old or accompanied by a parnt/caretaker.
  • Volunteers must be in good physical condition and able to communicate in English.
  • Vaccinated against DTP, Hepatitis A and B. Also rabies is advised. (For additional vaccines and/or information we advise you to visit your local clinic).

Volunteers are welcome all year round and you’re free to choose your own arrival date. The duration of your stay must be 1 week or longer.

This project is easy to combine with the project Asian elephants (GS03AOTH) in Thailand.

Period Price per person
1 week € 500,00
Every extra week € 350,00
Costs include:

  • Information and assistence before departure
  • If desired, free estimate of flight options / travel possibilities (the most convenient flights options at a glance)
  • Accommodation on the project
  • 3 meals a day
  • Donation to the project
  • Training and support
  • WIFI
  • Administration costs
  • And, of course a very memorable experience!

Prices are valid for the said periods in the year 2021.