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Group DescriptionWARF is well known for its Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) in Phuket, established in 1990 by Asia Wildlife. In 1994 the GRP became the research arm of the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand where its project at Bang Pae Waterfall, Tambon Pa Klok, Phuket is situated. As part of the rehabilitation process, gibbons are successively moved further and further from humans, both geographically and in terms of human contact. Once a pair of gibbons is deemed fit to survive on their own, they are released into the wild on an undeveloped island. The successful gibbon releases into the wild, at the GRP, has been a culmination of nearly 10 years of planning, study and preparation. The ongoing study and assessment of this success is helping to pave the way for successful releases in other areas. In addition to its work with gibbons, the GRP runs the Gibbon Rehabilitation Educational Project (GREP). Its primary goal is educating visitors and the local community alike about the protection of gibbons and of their rainforest habitat in general. GREP also plays an important role in building communication links between GRP and the local Thai community. GREP gives educational presentations to primary and secondary schools in Phuket, lectures and presentations for community groups and universities and provides guided tours at the gibbon rehabilitation site. In November 2000 WARF employed a full time Thai veterinary surgeon to work at the GRP.
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