Gibbon Experience, founded by Frenchman Jean-François Reumaux in 2004, is growing de bouche à l’oreille (de boosh a loray), or word of mouth. The eco-sensitive adventure allows visitors to zip from tree-top to tree-top, literally, in the hopes of spotting a rare singing gibbon. Ten tree houses, connected to one another by eighteen miles of zip-lines are perched 150 feet above the forest floor in northern Laos. It was thought that the species of monkeys had become extinct, due the ravages of war in the region, but a few singe families have moved back into the neighborhood.
The three day excursions, which cost approximately $220 per person, finance the protection of the region from deforestation and pay to plant 100,000 new trees a year, thus encouraging the return of the gibbons. Local residents are employed as guides and trained in a variety of useful trades by volunteers, creating much needed sources of revenue. This creative win-win enterprise represents the finest quality. I can’t believe I’m saying that about what is, after all, camping! Here’s a video of the experience. www.gibbonexperience.org.
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- In Thailand, Flight of the Gibbon and IMM Hotels Team to Offer a Free Hotel with a Zip line Canopy Tour Adventure (prweb.com)
- Gibbon Monkey (silveroftheluna.wordpress.com)
- Living in a tree house in Northern Laos (mundanetraveller.com)
- Zoo’s gibbon couple show off newborn (toledoblade.com)
- The Gibbons Experience (rickywallace1986.com)