Gibbon Conservation Society or GCS is a Malaysian NGO founded on 22nd February 2020. We were formerly known as the Gibbon Protection Society Malaysia (GPSM) and have been running since 2016.
Our main purpose is to support the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project or GReP. Through this project we rescue and rehabilitate gibbons who were victims of the illegal pet trade. Rehabilitation is not an easy process, most gibbons require at least 5-10 years of rehab, and depending on their age and history, each gibbon needs to learn and overcome different things, as many are left traumatised by their experiences as pets. We help each individual move forward, relearn their natural behaviours and prepare them for life in the wild.
Our goal is to educate the public about the threats that gibbons face in Malaysia due to human activities, and the implications of gibbon extinction. We support vital conservation research on primates and their habitats, and promote environmental education and awareness about the importance of primates within the Malaysian ecosystem. Most importantly, we aim to combat the growing illegal wildlife trade by assisting the local law enforcement agencies.
GIBBON REHABILITATION PROJECT (GReP)
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GReP) is Malaysia’s first small ape rehabilitation centre, established in 2013, that helps orphaned captive gibbons and other primates that were confiscated from wildlife traffickers or surrendered by civilian pet owners.
This project aims to continuously give proper care, nutrition and rehabilitation to as many primates as we can accommodate, so they can reclaim their survival skills and be returned back into the wild to become a functional part of the natural ecosystem. In order to return to the wild, gibbons must be both physically and mentally ready, as well as achieve 7 criteria of release. We follow the IUCN Best Practice Guidelines for Rehabilitation and Translocation of Gibbons. GReP has been accredited by independent auditor sent by IUCN which are the European Alliance of Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries (EARS) and Wildlife Impact.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 10 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.