Social media often gets a bad rap even in the role it plays in wildlife trafficking. But our recent rescue of an endangered pileated gibbon (Hylobates pileatus) shows that social media can be used for good!
We received many reports of a video circulating on Facebook in Cambodia of a gibbon chained by the neck. The the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) managed to track her down in Oddar Meanchey and were able to confiscate her with the assistance of local Forestry Administration officers. The beautiful female gibbon was brought to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where she will receive permanent care by our dedicated staff. Unfortunately, because she has become dependent on humans, is is unlikely that she will be able to return to the wild.