On Dao Tien we now have six golden-cheeked gibbons ready for release, and good forest to release them into. The gibbons will be released in two social groupings; a family group, and a young pair ready for life back in the wild.

Kizzy was rescued with a compound fracture to her forearm. The bones had erupted out of the skin and her future looked very dim. However, with some veterinary care from the Dao Tien team,  miracles can happen! With no sign of infection, the bones had aligned, and the skin naturally closed over the  wound. A very confident little Kizzy then went on from strength to strength. We know wild  gibbons break bones and they heal naturally and Kizzy’s broken arm was no different and she now travels superbly through the trees. Kizzy was adopted by Dao, a gentle adult female gibbon, and along with Dong, a young male of the same age, they entered one of our four forested  enclosures. Dao, who grew up in the cage, sadly is still not able to travel as agile as a wild  gibbon, but for Dong and Kizzy entering the trees at a young age, it is no problem. As young adults who would naturally be dispersing from their family group, they are perfect and ready for release.

Misu and her male Limhuyen were rescued in 2008 when Dao Tien first opened. At the time they were  young and illegally hunted from the wild to be sold as tourist attractions. The small gibbons were rescued from a small concrete cage with chains around their necks. Soon after their rescue we built our first forested enclosure on Dao Tien and the young gibbons were the first to test out the trees. Misu, a very confident young female was out  first while Limhuyen took several weeks before he would brave open skies. Once out however there was no stopping them as they became incredibly confident. 10 years on these gibbons are fantastic in the trees. Misu and Limhuyen, were released as a young pair in 2014, both with radio collars so we could monitor their progress post-release. On the first day Misu dropped Limhuyen and found herself a bigger wild male. Sadly, both individuals had to be returned to the centre as not enough space was available to establish their own territory. With lessons learnt we are ready to go again. Four years on the pair bond between Misu and Limhuyen has grown stronger, and with two infants, Savvy and Thai,  they are a solid family unit. This time we expect Misu to stick by her man who is now a bigger, stronger, and more confident male…

The final stage is to fit radio collars to the gibbons, which will allow the team to track and monitor the families after their release. After two years, the radio collars will drop off- and the release is complete!

Radio collars cost around $3000 each- a huge sum of money. Please donate if you are able to, to help us boost and protect the population of wild gibbons in Vietnam.


Signing the agreement from left to right are Dr Marina Kenyon, Mr Nguyen Van Dien, Dr Alison Cronin, and Professor Kurtis Pei with members of the Cat Tien National Park and Dao Tien Centre in support.

On the 9th January 2018, Dr Marina Kenyon, (Director of Dao Tien), Mr Nguyen Van Dien, (Director Cat Tien National Park), Dr Alison Cronin, (Director of EAST & Monkey World), & Professor Kurtis Pei, (Professor of Wildlife Science) signed a 5 year agreement to continue the work in Vietnam Cat Tien National Park for another 5 years. It has been 10 years since the park was originally established to rescue, rehabilitate and release endangered primates in South Vietnam. Members of the Dao Tien & Cat Tien National Park teams were there to witness this momentous occasion!

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Thermal camera helping keep up with pygmy loris Rebecca and Dan after return to the wild – you can follow them to!

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At Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre in Vietnam we care for rescued endangered primates

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A Momentous Occasion!

A Momentous Occasion!

On the 9th January 2018, Dr Marina Kenyon, (Director of Dao Tien), Mr Nguyen Van Dien, (Director Cat Tien National Park), Dr Alison


***** Please note- extended closure dates *****
Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre will be closed to the public for tours and visits from 1st July 2019 to February 2020, while our team focus on our primary mission of gibbon rehabilitation and release.

We apologise for any disappointment- please get in touch to arrange tours for after  February 2020.