Former Miss Universe Natalie Glebova visited Phuket today to raise public awareness about gibbons being illegally owned and used as props for photo opportunities.
“As a celebrity, I can use my voice and my platform to spread awareness to other people, and say, ‘Hey, when you see gibbons, don’t take a picture with them’,” Ms Glebova said.
The spontaneous Appearance of Mrs. Universe came after a photo on her instagram where she was posting with a gibbon on Phi Phi turned out into a shitstorm.
“I am here today because I wanted to learn a little more about gibbons that are being illegally possessed by people in Phuket and throughout Thailand,” Ms Glebova told the Phuket Gazette during her visit to the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project at Bang Pae Waterfall this morning. “I wanted to see what they do here to help protect them and how they rehabilitate them. I also wanted to learn a little bit more about why people shouldn’t take pictures with them.”
A volunteer from the Gibbon Rehab Center explained that every time someone posing for a picture with a gibbon it’s the same like you kill one in the wild. In order to get to the baby hunters must first kill the parents so they can nap the baby for the international trade.