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Address: National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone Number: +855 95 970 175
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Description: Behind-the-scenes tours with Wildlife Alliance allow private access to the...
Behind-the-scenes tours with Wildlife Alliance allow private access to the tiger dens, baby animals in nursery, the elephant enclosure (for feeding and bathing elephants, walking them through the forest, getting painted in a new t-shirt by humanely trained Lucky, watching Chhouk's training to change his prosthetic foot) and a personalized tour complete with rescue stories of the animals. Tour proceeds go directly to the rescue and care of wildlife. Tour information is shown above (see Website) or go to Wildlife Alliance - Get Involved - Phnom Tamao Wildlife Tours.With over 1,200 animals including elephants, tigers, bears, gibbons, crocodiles, leopards and many others, the wildlife rescue center can be visited as a day-trip from Phnom Penh. The center can be visited independently, or through Interactive Wildlife Tours with Wildlife Alliance (to raise money for the rescue, care & release of elephants, tigers and other wildlife), or through bear keeper visits or volunteering with Free the Bears (to raise money for bear care) or with independent tour operators.Most animals at the center were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade by the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team, a patrol team created by an environmental non-profit organization called Wildlife Alliance (a non-profit organization) in coordination with the Cambodian Government. Animals rescued are released back into the wild whenever possible or they are given a home at the Wildlife Rescue Center for as long as needed. Many of the species are listed as Endangered or Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The largest zoo in Cambodia, Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) was established in 1995. Since 2001, PTWRC has been run by the Cambodian Forestry Administration in partnership with Wildlife Alliance. Wildlife Alliance animal husbandry specialists, veterinarians, and care takers assist in the feeding and care of animals and operations at this government-run facility set over 6,000 acres of protected regenerating forest. Other NGOs are involved in PTWRC by providing care for specific animals: Free the Bears, Fauna & Flora International, Conservation International.
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Nice to see rehabilitation in action

We booked through the Wildlife Alliance for a behind the scenes tour. It was a long day getting in & out the vehicle as everything is so spread out but such a lovely story to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We booked through the Wildlife Alliance for a behind the scenes tour. It was a long day getting in & out the vehicle as everything is so spread out but such a lovely story to most of the animals who they hope will be reintroduced to the wild. There were some hands on experiences for us - massaging a previous... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It's amazing to see the animals that have been rescued and the ongoing support to keep this place going. It wasn't the centre that we had a problem with, it was the tour that we thought we booked, didn't turn out to be exactly as planned. The kids loved to see the animals and even pat some of them. Being... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The wildlife sanctuary is excellent. Its in a poor country yet the santuary is still able to look after its animals properly. Yes the cages dont look the best but they have a lot of space, a lot of enrichment and plenty of places to hide from the public eye if needs be. The animals are well cared for, have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I highly recommend the "VIP" Behind the Scenes tour. Emma was fabulous and the work they do is exceptional. Sadly, I cannot recommend it as a "zoo" visit, at least for us spoiled Americans, as the circumstance for the animals is grim relative to what we expect at the glitzy zoos western culture offer. That being said, I highly recommend... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Yes, Cambodia has exciting places to visit, but while traveling it's nice to take a "kindness break" now and then, and recharge your mental batteries (which can get run down with all the stimulation). Phnom Tamao was one of those places for me. I would suggest the Wildlife Alliance tour, where you not only see some rather rare and increasingly... More 

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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you for wonderful your review, so touching and thoughtful! It is energising to have such supportive guests on tour who share our vision and a delight to introduce to the animals. Preah, the sweet gibbon is a favorite for her trusting disposition, and Lucky our gentle giant is easy to love for her curiosity and easy-going nature. Please treasure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I liked the idea of this park (taking care of rescued animals) and wanted to see for myself. But since I couldn't find anyone to book a tour with me (minimum is 2 people) I just rented a scooter and went there myself. This way of course I didn't get up close with elephants but I didn't mind. The way... More 

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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the park to see the animals and some of our rescue work in Cambodia. The scooter ride from the city is definitely fun, what a great way to make a do-it-yourself trip! It sounds like you had a wonderful time seeing some of the unique animals saved by our Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team. Many of the... More 

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57 reviews 57 reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Great experience for any one love the wild life. All the staff are doing a great job there and I love the Lucky, the elephant is a sweet lady that you can give her bannana and enjoy with her. Everybody is so friendly, from the staff to the animals. I also had a nice walk next to Lucky in the... More 

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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you for these kind words and for visiting the Center with us. Lucky is indeed a very special girl and a joy to meet! She is gentle and friendly because she has been hand raised and never known abuse. Although they cannot be returned to the wild, we work hard to make all the animals under our care feel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

It's so great to see the effort of wildlife protection in such difficult circumstances. Even though pricy, but if I know that my 150$ buy some daily fruit for a baby monkey or a fish for an otter, I am happy to donate :) Our guide was Emma and the tour was really well organised with lots of information and... More 

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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us on the tour and for your kind review. Your donation does go directly back to the animals you met, and the other 1200 that call Phnom Tamao home! Our monthly food bill alone tops $20,000, so every donation helps. I'm glad you enjoyed meeting so many animals and learning from Emma's expertise and passion. We... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

This is about an hour by taxi from Phnom Penh. It's $5 entry fee but there is very little signage and no maps are provided to find animals. A lad offered to guide me for $10 but this was only for one small area and there are two other large areas. Luckily my driver Ros Rotha was familiar with the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

a lifetime experience in Cambodia, everyone is doing great work, Lucky the elephant is a sweetheart and a true artist, highly recommended for people that truly appreciate the wildlife.

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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your heartfelt review, we feel privileged to meet other passionate supporters of wildlife conservation like you through our tours! Lucky is a precious and spirited girl. We hope you wear your painted shirts with pride and they give you happy memories for many years to come! Thank you for your support, we could not achieve all we... More 

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