Flight of the Gibbon's Fight Against Illegal Forest Clearing

Top Quote Flight of the Gibbon has planted another 5,000 trees this month to help fight illegal forest clearing in Chae Sorn National Park, Chiang Mai. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 16, 2016 - Chiang Mai, Thailand - This month sees the continuation of Flight of the Gibbon's tree planting scheme, designed to improve the quality of the landscape and environmental diversity in the highlands of Thailand.

    On 10th August, in collaboration with the park authorities, 5000 trees were planted in Chae Son National Park to begin to put right the damage done when part of the park was illegally used for farming. Such restoration is vital for the survival of native species and it's hoped that recreating natural habitats will be the first step in bringing such wildlife back to the area. Khun Pichai, Head Officer of Chae Son National Park, said: "As the King and Queen are strong advocates for forest conservation, it seems entirely appropriate that we should choose to plant these trees to celebrate the Queen's 84th birthday."

    In addition, 3000 more trees are earmarked for Mae Kampong, site of previous successful tree planting initiatives by the company. The date for this event has yet to be confirmed.

    Such schemes owe their success to achieving a sense of shared goals. To this end, this August's activities involve around 500 people. These come from an eclectic mix of backgrounds: students from local schools, local government officials, national park employees, local villagers and of course Flight of the Gibbon personnel.

    Flight of the Gibbon was started in 2007 by a group of nature-loving friends inspired by the rescue and rehabilitation of a pair of sick gibbons they found abandoned in a locked cage in the northern Thailand rainforest. Today Flight of the Gibbon is a leading global eco-adventure tour operator and the number one eco-tourism attraction in Thailand, thrilling customers with spectacular rainforest ziplines that are among the longest and highest in the world.

    Flight of the Gibbon connects people with Asia's nature, history and bygone stories while conserving nature and traditional livelihoods. Flight of the Gibbon is remembered as a once-in-a-lifetime experience with uniqueness, mystery and surprise that visitors taste, smell, see, hear and feel.

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