WILDLIFE

THAILAND

Ang Thong National Marine Park

Destination: Koh Samui
Ang Thong National Marine Park is an unspoiled archipelago of 42 islands in Thailand’s bay. The Marine Park of high limestone mountains, a thick jungle, white sandy beaches, waterfalls and hidden coves and lakes to explore. Ang Thong is a protected area of more than 100 square kilometres, including land and sea. It is the home to a rich variety of exotic wildlife. Some of the beautiful creatures that lives here are lizards, small herons, nose-haired otters, white-bellied sea eagles, sea turtles, iguanas and pythons. In the surrounding sea you can see all the colourful fishes!

Elephant Jungle Sanctuary

Destination: Pattaya

This amazing sanctuary doesn’t give you the option to ride elephants, however, they do allow you the opportunity to meet elephants in an elephant-friendly environment! These elephants are retired from shows or rescued from negligent and cruel owners. This sanctuary lets the elephants roam around freely without stern hooks nor are they being forced to perform shows.

Tham Khao Phlu Wildlife Conservation Area

Destination: Chumphon

This place got its name from limestone caves which is the area’s most important attraction. Cutted by rainwater that descends into the limestone slopes, the beautifully shaped caves have impressive stalactites and stalagmites. The place is also important for the three flock of southern langurs who come down from the mountains to eat in the evenings.

The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project

Destination: Phuket
This project is a unique animal welfare at the Wild Animal Rescue Foundation in Thailand and they are working to rehabilitate unwanted or confiscated gibbons from animal trade and the tourism industry. It is wonderful to the gibbons and to read and learn about their background. Even if you don’t meet them directly, you can most definitely see them and most importantly hear their beautiful song echo around the jungle. You learn about their stories and meet some of the wonderful volunteers who work tirelessly to do as much as they can do on very limited funds. It is one of the few places where you feel your visit can help a lot!
CAMBODIA

Ream National Park

Destination: Sihanoukville
Ream National Park is the home to breeding populations of many regionally and globally endangered birds, including Brahminy kite, grey-headed fish eagle and white-bellied sea eagle. Despite its protected status, Ream is gravely endangered by planned tourism development. By visiting this national park, you can demonstrate that the park, in its natural state, is not only priceless to humanity but also an important economic resource!

The Mondulkiri Project

Destination: Sen Monorom

Mr. Tree, the Cambodian owner of the Mondulkiri project, wanted to take care of the lush and beautiful jungle of the Mondulkiri province, and to protect the locals in the area. The project is managed by Cambodia’s Elephant Rescue Organization. In 2013, the project entered into an agreement with the local indigenous people in the area to stop the forging of the forest near Sen Monorom. The place adjoins the protected area of ​​Keov Sema. Here it abounds with great wildlife, including birds, deer, wild pigs and buffalo. In addition, you will find beautiful waterfalls, valleys and water holes. It is a very special place and we recommend visiting Mr. Tree and his project.

INDONESIA

Turtle Conservation & Education Center

Destination: Bali

This center supports the Serangan community in finding alternatives to illegal turtle activity. The center utilizes potential education, tourism, conservation and research with a liberal sprinkle of business to give endangered turtles a new chance. They also contribute directly to protecting turtles; for example, by keeping injured animals, collecting nests from tourist beaches and buying eggs from locals to prevent them from being eaten. The eggs are bred in the center and when they are hatched TCEC takes care of them for a month before they are being released.

Coral Triangle Center

Destination: Bali

Coral Triangle cover areas around six countries – Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste. It’s shaped like a triangle as researchers identified that these limit the epicentre of marine biodiversity on our beautiful and irreplaceable planet. The Coral Triangle Center have three programs they focus on and one is as important as the other: CTC Academy, Conservation Efforts and Learning Networks. Here you can learn about marine science and conservation management to become ‘Guardians of the Sea’ and marine and coastal champion.

Bird Village of Petulu

Destination: Bali

Every morning the birds wake up to get their food. At twilight, they return to Petulu. These sacred birds, like lost souls from the deceased, now share the village with people and is often seen around the silent road that leads to the temple where the cleaning ceremony to remove negative energy took place. The locals believe that these hedges are there to protect the village.

PHILIPPINES

Las Piñas Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area , Manila

Destination: Manila
This is a unique place in the middle of the Metro that is known for it’s scenic beauty. The area of 175 hectares consists of a mangrove forest of eight species, mud surfaces, secluded ponds, coastal lagoon and a beach area – which is unique for the Metro Manila. The area’s mangrove forest and mud surfaces are a very important, yet underestimated, ecosystem. They act as a home and sanctuary for many fish species and other wildlife.

Olango Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Destination: Cebu
Olango Island is home to this important nature reserve that houses sandy beaches and mangrove forests of 1,030 hectares. This is a haven for migratory birds and other marine species in the Olango Island Group. There are 48 different species here, including the rare Chinese egret, the Asian dowitcher and several species of sandpipers and plovers. Some of the species here are considered endangered!

VIETNAM

Wildlife Rescue Centre

Destination: Hoi An

The Wildlife Rescue Center in Hoi An’s focus is to only keep animals short-term and to find ways to introduce them back into nature. The rescue center has saved more than 1,000(!) animals over the last eight years, giving each of them a new chance of life and helping reproduce native species. Wildlife Rescue Center, we salute you!

Endangered Primate Rescue Centre

Destination: Hanoi

This center is a non-profit project dedicated to rescue, rehabilitation, breeding, research and conservation of Vietnam’s endangered and critically endangered primates. It is the home to around 180 primates representing 15 species – and they’ve saved more than 300 animals!

The Turtle Conservation Centre

Destination: Hanoi

This center houses more than 1,000 terretrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic turtles that represent 20 of Vietnam’s 25 native species. Many have been confiscated from smugglers who have been driven by the demand from the domestic and Chinese market as eating turtles are believed to increase the lifespan. Visitors to the center can see turtles in semi-wild surroundings.

The Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station

Destination: Ho Chi Minh

This center is dedicated to the protection of animals that have been confiscated from owners or illegal traders. The animals that are protected here includes bears, otters and gibbons. The information at the center reflects the depressing state of wildlife and animal welfare in Vietnam. They also have a “room of death” where traps and baits are displayed to put things in perspective.

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