Gibbon Update at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Cente
By Beth Eisenstaedt - Assistant Director of Development
On November 17, 2011, a baby gibbon was born in the rehabilitation area at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. The baby was born to a recently introduced pair of gibbons, but the female was very nervous and not expected to breed. Luckily, a healthy baby was born to her and she and her mate are now proud parents!
One of our main objectives with our Care for Rescued Wildlife program is to eventually reintroduce rescued animals to the wild. Other than animals that will require lifetime care, any animals that can be successfully weaned from their dependence on and familiarity with humans are intended for release. We have more than 60 gibbons at PTWRC, most of whom have been rescued, then hand-raised by humans and therefore unsuitable for release. However, all baby gibbons born at PTWRC are mother-raised. Other than the newest addition to our gibbon population, there are 3 other baby gibbons, 2 males and 1 female that have been mother-raised and therefore less accepting of humans. We hope that within a year, a pair of these gibbons would be able to be taken to a release site to start the process of reintroduction. They are currently wary of humans and kept in a 1 hectare (approx. 2.5 acre), well-treed enclosure where they are becoming more and more remote. A successful release of a pair of gibbons would help us fulfill our ultimate goal of reintroduction of wildlife.
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