Remote 50 An Nhon Tay TL15 Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Cu Chi wildlife rescue station is special ?
Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station (Vietnamese: Trung Tâm bảo tồn động vật hoang dã Củ Chi) is a center located in the Cu Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City that helps rare wild animals recover from captivity and promotes awareness of wildlife-related issues. It is administered by Wildlife at Risk, a non-government organization. It was founded in 2006 and has accepted over 4,000 distressed wild animals. Just a few kilometres down the road from the tunnels of Ben Dinh, this small centre is dedicated to the protection of wildlife that has been confiscated from owners or illegal traders. The center's pangolins, bears, otters, leopard cat, binturong, hornbill gibbon, loris, douc langur and other animals may be viewed by visitors.
What to explore at Cu Chi wildlife rescue station?
At the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station, you will not only see the endangered animals, but also learn stories and special features of different individuals. You can also visit the display centers to find out what you can do to help. You can also join us in feeding the animals or preparing food for them.
Teaching kindness and caring towards animals is something important to expose the children to, and the work they do at the Chu Chi Wildlife Station is fabulous. Some animals you may see include bears, gibbons, wild cats, turtles and many species of birds.
How to get to Cu Chi wildlife rescue station?
By car: From Ho Chi Minh City, take Cach Mang Thang Tam street, which continues as route 22 (quoc lo 22) through district 12. Go past An Suong bus station, then turn right at Ba Trieu street to reach Hoc Mon market. From there, keep following route 15 - Tinh lo 15 (beginning as Trung Nu Vuong str.) The center is located on route 15 - Tinh lo 15, between Ben Dinh and Ben Duoc tunnels, two highly visited tourist spots. 70km from HCMC. It takes about 1 hour 20 minutes to get there by
By bus: From Ben Thanh bus station, takes bus #4 and get off at the terminal - An Suong. Then take bus #122 and get off at the terminal – Tan Qui Cross road. Then take bus # 70 to Ben Duoc and get off at the Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station (Cu Chi ranger office).
- A ray of light in a country famous for its diregard to animals
- Informative, heartwarming
- Great place for animal lovers
- Great fun for kids
- Good service, good staffs
50 An Nhon Tay TL15 Cu Chi, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tips for you
One of the best rescue centers I have been to when you consider the funds which they have available to them. Vietnam is still a relatively poor country especially when you are looking at the animal welfare and conservation sector so if you come to a place like this you do need to put them in to perspective and keep that in mind. There have been a number of people who have stated that they can be very awkward to deal with and to be honest it was difficult to get in there, with a lot of waiting about and people being unsure as to whether we were meant to be there. However a few phone calls later everything was sorted out and we were able to go in. We were told however by our tour guide that for Vietnamese people it is very difficult to get in there and they had to wait outside for us. Once you are in though, you could ask for more lovely people. The enclosures are a little tatty but they are fairly spacious and not meant as permanent lodgings. They have a great level of success and we were told that they have already rehabilitated and released over 3,000 animals. Much of what they have are turtles and gibbons and it is great to see a project which actually works. I think they could do with being a little pushier with selling items from their gift shop as we weren’t really offered anything from there but were happy to leave an extra donation. They are also changing their ways in terms of education for locals and are putting together a very promising looking education facility which will be open to local school children. We left feeling really good about where our money had gone and wish them the best of luck with continuing their very successful work – this is how a rescue center should be run and with more investment I can see them doing better and better in the future… If you have time to see the tunnels, make the extra time to pop in here but make sure to organize your visit in advance.