Gibbons of Sabah... here we come!

The Borneo Gibbon Rehabilitation Project or Borneo GReP is our second rehabilitation centre and the first gibbon rehabilitation project in Sabah.

Borneo GReP will focus on rehabilitating two endangered species of gibbons – the North Bornean Gibbon (Hylobates funereus) and the Abott’s Gray Gibbon (Hylobates abbotti). Both species are categorised as endangered under the IUCN Red List and are native to Sabah and Sarawak. 

Latest Progress

Phase 1 of Borneo GReP has begun. We’ve broken ground in the area of Kiau Village in Kota Belud.

Four enclosures for the Borneo Gibbon Rehabilitation Project or Borneo GReP has been completed with 1 more on the way. This will enable us to take 5 North Bornean gibbons from the Sabah Wildlife Department.  

We are grateful to have the support of the Sabah Wildlife Department, YB Datuk Ewon Benedick, Nepada Wildlife, Gompito and the community of Kampung Kiau, Kota Belud. 

The story...

In early 2020, German veterinarian and author, Hannah Emde from Nepada Wildlife was among a team of vets who found an infant North Bornean Gibbon alone in the Tawau Hill Park, Sabah. The infant, later named Noir, was no more than 2 months old and was lying on the ground screaming. How Noir got there, no one knows. Knowing the two gibbon families in the park, Hannah and the others resolved to wait until evening for the parents to return. But as it grew dark, they knew there was no chance of finding Noir’s family that same day. They then had to keep him warm, fed and ultimately alive – as baby gibbons are fragile. As Hannah cared for him and tried to find his family, she found us and got in touch with Mariani Ramli (Bam). Noir, being of a species native to borneo could not be brought over to GReP in Pahang, and so the ideas for the Borneo Gibbon Rehabilitation Project was born. 

Noir’s story is one that’s rare. Gibbons, who live in close, loving family units like humans, would never just abandon their baby. However, there are many others displaced by deforestation or victimised by the illegal pet trade, who like Noir, need help and a hopeful future. Borneo GReP will give them a second life and a chance to return to their forest homes.

Get Involved

Be a part of the first gibbon rehabilitation centre in Sabah and help save the Singing Apes of Malaysia. Support our second rehabilitation centre by donating or partnering with us. We’re looking for corporate partners, collaborators, volunteers and more. Find out how you can support us by sending an email to

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