Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station

Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station, Ho Chi Minh City: Hours, Address, Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station Reviews: 4/5

Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station

Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station
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Karin M
9 contributions
Closed to visitors
Jun 2018 • Friends
We wanted to visit the Center during our Cu Chi Tunnels Tour, however according to our guide, it is closed to visitors because the government took it over.
Written June 11, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

yogayogi
Peripatetic member145 contributions
Update on centre 1.1.2017
Dec 2016 • Friends
This Centre used to be a popular stop for people visiting the nearby Cu Chi tunnels.
In 2016 the government Forest Protection Service took over operation and management from the NGO previously running it.
The Centre is still in a period of reorganisation and I recommend you do NOT visit.

All the bears and most of the other animals have gone; we saw about a dozen monkeys & gibbons, 2 parrots, an owl, a falcon, a hawk and a tortoise. A civit (?) cat was there but hidden sleeping.

Admission arrangements are apparently that prospective visitors should first go to Saigon Zoo to get a paper as permission to visit (in our case we were kindly allowed a quick look without this).

Visitors should be aware the facility's purpose is to help injured and rescued animals and their money (correctly) focuses on this, not on comfortable/attractive enclosures. Some visitors may find the small stark cages upsetting.

The original NGO (WAR) plans to establish a new Centre elsewhere.

As an aside, anyone visiting Phnom Pehn should prioritise a day trip (7 seat van $80) to the World Class "rescued animal reserve" at Phnom Tamao. Simply outstanding wildlife park, vast woodland enclosures, hundreds of animals - even tigers.
Written January 2, 2017
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hops11
Taichung, Taiwan11 contributions
Closed to visitors + NGO operating it was kicked out
Apr 2016 • Friends
I was really looking forward to visiting this place during my recent trip to HCMC. I emailed the Wildlife At Risk NGO that was co-operating the facility with the Forestry Department of the Vietnam Gov't and requested a visit. Unfortunately, the staff of WAR were all kicked out by the FD and they have no idea how the animals are and if they're being well looked after. I got a similar response from someone operating the rescue station's facebook page. When I actually arrived in Vietnam, I went to a tour operator and they called to see if we could visit. They were told that the center is closed for visitors. No explanation given and no mention when it might re-open. So disheartening!
Written April 10, 2016
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robbielampard
Panjim, India87 contributions
Mornings / evenings
Apr 2016 • Couples
Go mornings preferably as the afternoon sun tends to bake you hard. Good for walking around in the mornings
Written April 10, 2016
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Aleš Reitoral
Brno, Czech Republic8 contributions
close
Feb 2016 • Family
Wrong adress at TripAdvisor (you have to find the correct one on the internet)
Closed because of illnesses of animals (some infection)
Written February 29, 2016
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asterysk
Palma de Mallorca, Spain112 contributions
Not at location shown on Tripadvisor map , well worth a visit
Dec 2015 • Couples
The information listed on trip advisor is wrong, the URL and phone number is for a travel agent. You need to cal ahead to make sure someone is going to be there. If you go a Google search for Cu CHi wildlife Rescue you will find the telephone number to call. Also, the map location is completely wrong, its North of HCMC near the tunnels . We spent 2 hours walking around looking for it until we gave up , got a taxi and had quite a drive out of the City (90 mins). Despite all this it was well worth a visit, we could have spent a lot more time here, such wonderful work to help animals in need.
Written December 24, 2015
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Marie M
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
Such a good insight
Oct 2015
We visited here after we went to the Cu Chi Tunnels and it was so worth the stop. It seemed like we were the only ones there so enjoyed a private tour. Definitely stop here if you are going to Cu Chi.
Written November 1, 2015
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James T
Clifton, Australia404 contributions
Closed to visitors!!
Oct 2015
I was at CCWRS yesterday and was not permitted entry. The facility has had an outbreak of some sort and will be off limits to visitors for at least 2 months. An employee came outside the closed gates and informed us. Obviously the souvenir shop is a no go too. Hope all goes well for them. I will post some pics once I return to Australia.
Written October 2, 2015
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UKDXBTraveller
Clark, NJ34 contributions
A must see for animal lovers
Sep 2015 • Friends
We had a private tour of the centre and it was the most fabulous experience. The staff were so friendly and all the animals looked happy and well looked after. It was very sad to hear/see how many of the animals had lost limbs via poachers traps and could never be re-released into the wild but the centre does release thousands of animals back into the wild once they are rehabilitated which is great to hear. Make sure you leave a donation so the centre can keep up their work as they receive no funding from government
Written October 1, 2015
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Thicksoup
8 contributions
Volunteer or simply spend half an hour here...
Sep 2015 • Couples
My wife and I love animals, more than some humans actually 🙊so we are spending two weeks volunteering here and it is simply one of the best experiences of our lives.

As a volunteer you will be hands on. You'll be preparing food for the monkeys, the bears, the mouse dear, the ant eater...

You'll be feeding them all twice a day and if you're lucky you'll feed the crocodile whilst in the enclosure with it, from 6 foot away!!

You'll feed the otters their fish and watch them go wild! Feed the loris their fruit and occasionally help prepare little toys full of locusts!

There is an owl and wild cats, a huge monitor lizard, turtles and loads of birds! The list really does go on.

You will also be sweeping...a lot! Cleaning the cages of banana skins and poo and periodically changing the cages around for the monkeys to enrich their environment.

It all adds up to a great experience you are unlikely to get anywhere else.

All the staff are great and incredibly friendly and keen to help you get stuck in. Most don't speak much English other than Mr Lam (the manager) and Mr Voung (one of the vets) but laughter and hand gestures are enough to get anyone by...

We are the only westerners during our 2 weeks and it's unlikely there will ever be more as there isn't the space. We are staying at accommodation a 2 minutes walk from the centre and it cost us $350 per person per week. (Organised by the centre for us)

For this you get a private room with air con and a fan. A shared bathroom will a decent shower and a shared kitchen which is basic but functional. Oh and Wifi!

Mr Voung and another vet, Mr Luc share this accommodation with you which is great because Mr Voung is a great cook too!

There are plenty of little food stalls and 'shops' immediately outside and a good sized market a ten minute stroll away. You will have no problem buying good fresh cheap food here so you can eat out or eat in.

If you want to simply visit the centre then book in advance. Feeding time for the majority of the monkeys is around 11am and 4pm so aim for these times if you want to see the little fellas go crazy!

Your time or your money or both is what this centre needs. It is not Government run and relies on sponsorship and goodwill. Get yourself here!!

It is about a 90 minute drive from Ho Chi Minh airport and the centre will collect you for $50.

Enjoy! 😎
Written September 26, 2015
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