The Gibbon Conservation Society (GCS) is a revolutionary new project based in Malaysia founded in 2020. Formerly we were known as the Gibbon Protection Society Malaysia which was established in 2016. Although our name may have changed, our mission hasn’t – which is to protect Gibbons and all wildlife and their natural habitat.
Our main purpose is to support the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, a project that works to rescue, rehabilitate and release Gibbons and other primates that have been rescued from the illegal pet trade. The team work tirelessly to provide the best possible care for all the Gibbons at the project and are responsible for all aspects of their husbandry and rehabilitation. Each of the 12 Gibbons residing at the project are all at different stages of rehabilitation and all have individual needs, with some requiring 24 hour care as the team takes over the role of surrogate mother. Many will take over 5 years to learn the necessary skills to be safely released back into the wild.
In addition to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project, GCS work extensively within the community through education and awareness programs to share with Malaysians, and the world, the best way to protect Gibbons and Malaysia’s natural heritage. All Gibbon species in Malaysia are threatened with extinction and the implications of this to their rainforest habitat would be massive. GCS also support vital conservation research on Gibbons and other primates in their natural habitats, promote environmental education and awareness and work closely with local authorities and law enforcement to combat the illegal wildlife trade.
There are many costs associated with running GCS, particularly the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. The main costs come in the form of food, as we have to be very particularly in the what types of fruits and vegetables we provide for the Gibbons. Other costs include husbandry and veterinary costs and utilities to run the centre.
This is where you come in! All of our amazing supporters and donors keep the Gibbons healthy and well fed. They keep GCS going! No matter how large or small the donation, every little bit makes a difference and gets the Gibbons one step closer to being released back into the wild. As a guide of how the funds can be used,