In 1997, there was no tree house, no zipline and no tourism activity whatsoever. The first step of our project was to put together a team of 5 forest guards, selected among the best tribal hunters living in the forest. Funded with occasional donations, the team was experimental and the first of its kind in the Lao PDR. In 2014, the patrol team is composed of 15 local villagers working on a full time basis under the supervision of 5 staff from the Provincial Department of Natural Resources. The Provincial Department of Forest Inspection controls their work.
The team's primary focus is on illegal logging, hunting, bomb fishing and land use.
The Gibbon Experience project runs the patrol jointly with the Lao Government, and bears nearly all the related expenses: salaries, food, cars, bikes, petrol, uniforms, environmental awareness campaigns and special law enforcement operations.