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The Wild Animal Rescue and Education Centre (WARED) was established at the beginning of 2001 The purpose was to house animals who can not be ( or are not yet ready to be ) released back into the wild. We also want to keep their life as close as possible to a natural situation. Conservation and education are key components of the project as we would like to limit future destruction of the local ecosystem. WARF purchased a site in Baan Thalaenork surrounded by dense primary forest and mangrove swamps. The local Muslim community have welcomed us warmly, in part because their lifestyle is so very intertwined with the natural environment. In addition the Royal Thai Forestry Department have generously donated 600 rai of pristine mountainous rain forest, immediately behind the WARF site, which will provide an ideal location to re-house animals requiring long-term care.
Working in conjunction with WARF's Gibbon Rehabilitation Project (GRP) located on Phuket, 200km to the south, WARED will focus on education, local village participation and development as well as, of course, providing a sanctuary for threatened species. Funding for Phase 1 has already been obtained enabling the purchase of land and the building of the education centre and accommodation. Phase 2 will involve the building of quarantine enclosures, gibbon islands, further animal enclosures and additional volunteer accommodation. Phase 3 will establish a mobile schoolhouse that can tour the remote rural areas of the province. The total anticipated cost will be 10m baht and WAR are actively seeking major funding sources to complete this important project.
In 2003 , 50 macaques were rescued from animal laboratory experimentation. These animals had been kept in very small cages for the past 10 years and were in very poor condition. After lengthy negotiations the animals were released to WARF's care. Thanks to major funding from The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV). Major building work commenced early in 2003 to construct large enclosures for these animals at WARF's site in Baan Thalaenork.
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Room: Volunteers can stay within the site of volunteering. Maximun of 12 volunteers can be accommodated there. Besides, Volunteers can also stay in hotels with minimal charge.
Food: Food in Thailand is good, varied, relatively cheap and easily available. Also the accommodation offers the possibility for preparing food together with the other volunteers. Restaurants, small cafeteria offers a good opportunity to order breakfast or lunch. Alcoholic drinks are expensive. Drinking unboiled water is not to be recommended. Drink only bottled water from bottles with a crown cork.
Passport & Visa: To visit Thailand you need a valid passport. A visa is required. Please check with the Thai Embassy in your country or your national volunteer agency to determine what is required and how you can obtain the necessary documents. For long term volunteers a non-immigrant visa with a three-month validity is required. Your booking agent will supply you with a letter for visa support for the Thai embassy. For volunteers staying longer than three months, they will have to renew their visa in Thailand. The WARF Foundation will assist you in doing so.