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“Heartwarming day out, amazing experience - wash an elephant!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wildlife Friends of Thailand

Wildlife Friends of Thailand
Moo 6 | Tambon Thamairuak, Tha Yang 76130, Thailand
08-22458598
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Ranked #1 of 4 Attractions in Tha Yang
Type: Educational Sites, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: The WFFT wildlife rescue center is a rescue center for injured, confiscated and neglected wild animals. The wildlife rescue center operates a fully equipped wildlife hospital. We care for monkeys, gibbons, wild cats, bears, birds, reptiles and even elephants.
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“Heartwarming day out, amazing experience - wash an elephant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This rescue centre is set in stunning forested surroundings and does a stellar job of caring for previously abused wild animals. If you want to help provide a positive future for these animals, then choose to visit the Wildlife Friends of Thailand centre for a day tour (you can also stay longer as a volunteer), rather than being roped into one of the numerous other tourist excursions that involve performing elephants, monekys and other animals - wild animals will only perform is they've been beaten into submission.

Aside from this being a great centre in terms of the care (and space) it gives to the animals, it's a fabulous day out - one of the best of my trip! They send a comfortable minibus to collect you, give you an educational talk about what the centre aims to do, and walk you around where hundreds of animals are living in peace. My guide was Tanya, who has not only studied animal behaviour, but also clearly loves what she does and knows the histories of all the animals. Some of their stories are powerfully upsetting, but the joyful part is seeing that the animals are clearly now recovering. (And they have such great personalities!)

There are monkeys, gibbons, elephants, an otter, and some random creatures that you wouldn't expect to see. The elephants are mostly reached in a 4WD, but a couple of them will join you for a walk! No animal in the centre is made to do anything it doesn't want to, and the elephants only join you for a walk if they want to eat the fruit you're carrying - it's a true priviledge to have an elephant choose to walk with you. And then you get to give your elephant a shower, which they clearly love. A far more moving experience than sitting on a poor elephant that is forced to carry tourists around all day.

There's gibbon release programme too, and the chance to adopt animals. You don't get to touch all the animals, but it's much more rewarding to see them allowed to live in a natural environment. And the area is beautiful. You won't see the trip promoted in local travel agencies because they only want to promote trips offering elephant riding etc, but do contact the centre directly and I know they'll do what they can to accommodate you. A tasty lunch is also included in the day tour. A seriously brilliant and different day out that will leave a lasting impact on you.

Visited June 2014
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“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful day. The experience teaches you a lot more about animals and thailand. The team was very friendly and welcoming. And it's a whole day spent with the animals so definatly your money's worth.

Visited June 2014
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“Wildlife Friends of Thailand Rescue Centre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

What Edwin Wiek and his team are doing for the fauna and flora of Thailand is much more than an "attraction". They are assisting in the rehabilitation of abused wild animals and the restoration of the environment. The primary objective of this Centre is to give animals who have been living in miserable conditions a good quality of life. When an animal is young it usually is cute and cuddly but as they grow up they loose their youthful cuteness and often become difficult to handle. As a result of this they get given to temples or confined to small and often inadequate cages where their existence becomes wretched. The fortunate ones end up in Edwin's Centre where they are kept in spacious enclosures in the forest then moved to be with other members of their species in large camps with natural environments enabling them to lead happy lives. Those who are able to be rehabilitated are then released back into the wild. Edwin's plant nursery propagates indigenous trees to provide the animals with appropriate natural foods and to reforest the area. The Centre is well worth a visit to see the extremely positive difference that human beings can make to the lives of abused wild animals.

Visited May 2014
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“A rewarding and amazing day!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

I had the most amazing time being shown through this well needed sanctuary in Thailand!
Our amazing tour guide taught us so much on the struggle these incredible animals went through. It's something ill never forget and will always be thankful for.
I urge anyone to do this over an elephant trek!

Visited May 2014
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“Interesting place to visit if you like to see some wildlife and want to support a good cause”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Had an interesting time here. Visited it as a day-tour and I'm glad I have. We got shown around by one of the volunteers and learned about the ways they help the animals and why it is important that they do what they do.
Aside from that it was a nice opportunity to see some wildlife.

Visited April 2014
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