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Khao Phra Thaeo Wildlife Conservation Development and Extension Center

gibbonLocated in Amphoe Thalang, you drive about 20 kms from Phuket Town to reach the Wildlife Conservation Center. A center of environmental studies, Khao Phra Thaeo, with an area of 13,925 rai, encompasses a dozen areas of virgin forest and actively conserves a rich variety of wild animals, which would otherwise become extinct in fast-growing Phuket. Also, Khao Phra Thaeo abounds with fascinating forest deervegetation, and myriad giant trees covered by creepers and climbers of every description, similar to a Tarzan movie set. Especially rare is one species of palm called the Governor's Palm or White Back Palm ('pahm lahng kao' in Thai) found at Khao Phra Thaeo. Declared a wildlife sanctuary in July of 1969, Khao Phra Thaeo is home to many types of wild animals --langurs, barking deer, mouse deer, bear, wild boar, monkeys, gibbons, porcupines, macaques, reptiles, lizards and several species of birds, in an idyllic setting cooled by sonorous cascading waterfalls.

Ton Sai Waterfall Forest Park

Ton Sai WaterfallApproximately 22 kms from the Town, just go along Thepkasattri Road bypassing the traffic light and turn right and continue for 3 kms looking for posted signs showing Khao Phra Thaeo, and you will discover a small waterfall called Ton Sai. The fall provides a wide variety of natural beauty of green trees, watercourses and pools. Particularly during the rainy season it pours a great volume of water over the rocks and provides a shady area of relaxation.

Bang Pae Waterfall

Bang Pae Waterfall offers thick foliage surroundings and is the setting of the Gibbon Center, an arboretum and a nursery to rehabilitate captured gibbons before returning them into the wild. To save Thailand's wild gibbon population (poachers shoot the mother to get a baby for illegal sale), this project in Khao Phra Thaeo National Park retrains former pets to survive in the wild. You will find it fascinating, and your donation and T-shirt purchases will help keep the project running.


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