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Kalaweit Project

The Kalaweit project was the visionary dream of Aurélien Brulé, a.k.a. “Chanee”, who one day decided to devote his life to saving the gibbon, a small tree-dwelling monkey of Asia, along with its habitat. After roaming Thailand for many months, the young Aurélien, then barely 18, set up shop in Borneo, on the shores of Hampapak Lake, where he established an ambitious rehabilitation program for gibbons that were wounded, orphaned or held in captivity by individuals. His goal: return them to the wild. Baby gibbons, while highly prized as family pets, become aggressive when they reach sexual maturity, and owners have no choice but to abandon or even kill them. At the Kalaweit sites in Borneo and Sumatra, the gibbons are placed in enormous aviaries, where they relearn survival in the wild, the life of a  true gibbon! Following rehabilitation, the monkeys ready to leave are released on Mintin Island, a protected nature reserve. To date, four gibbons in Borneo and two siamangs in Sumatra have returned to the forest, thanks to the hard work and passion of the Kalaweit team, consisting primarily of Indonesians. Kalaweit today takes care of 160 gibbons in Borneo and 140 gibbons and siamangs in Sumatra. Chanee would now like to continue Kalaweit’s mission in Bangladesh, where gibbons are also in dire need of protection.

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