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Idea Behind the Logo of the Foundation

Some of you may wonder why a gibbon is used as the logo of the foundation. It is true that a majority of our animals are gibbons, but that is not the real reason. The fact is, apart from humans, gibbons are the only apes native to Thailand. Did you know that they are also the only apes that walk upright all the time, similar to humans? Gibbon is not a species of monkey as the general public understands, but are one of six species of ape, including humans, gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee and bonnobo. Gibbons can be found only in Southeast Asia, that is Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Burma, Malaysia, Indonesia, Southern China and in Assam in Northern India. There are 12 species of Gibbon, but only 4 species can be found in the Thai forest: Lar (white handed) gibbon, Pileated (capped) gibbon, Siamung and Agile (dark handed) gibbon, which has not been found in the wild for nearly twenty years. Pileated gibbons are also rare, and can be found deep in the jungle on the Thai-Cambodian border.

The behavior of the gibbon is different to other wild animals. In their natural habitat they live in the tree tops and never touch the ground; they travel in tree tops and live in families. Gibbons mark their boundaries of about 1/2 square km per family including father, mother and offspring under 8 years of age. Gibbons are monogamous and must fall in love prior to mating. Once they mate, they pair for life. Should one of them die or depart, the other would normally live along forever or pine to death. Unlike monkeys who live in flocks, normally a mother gibbon has only one baby at a time. Different from other wild animals, sometimes when male and female gibbons are forced to lived together they will fight to the death. This is one of the reasons why they could easily become extinct. Due to all these outstanding points, the foundation felt that honor should be given to the only Thai ape, and so used it as our logo.

The word WARF or former known "WAR" actually stands for "Wild Animal Rescue Foundation." Some people may think that we have something to do with war, they may be partly correct because our foundation declares war on all who are cruel to animals in any way. Now you see why the foundation uses the "Gibbon" and the word "WARF" on the logo of the foundation.


The Wild Animal Rescue Foundation of Thailand (WARF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing the maltreatment of wild animals, relieving their suffering and providing a caring environment in which rescued animals can live. WARF seeks the help and advice of local and international experts in order to try to rehabilitate the animals and return them to the wild. WARF works in conjunction with government and non-governmental agencies to educate people about the need to preserve and protect the environment.



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