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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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Address: National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone Number: +855 95 970 175
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With over 1,200 animals including elephants, tigers, bears, gibbons...

With over 1,200 animals including elephants, tigers, bears, gibbons, crocodiles and leopards, the wildlife rescue center is a fantastic day trip from Phnom Penh.

Several all inclusive tours are available! The Behind-the-scenes tours with Wildlife Alliance allow access to private staff areas - tiger dens, nursery with the baby animals and an opportunity to be a human jungle gym for rescued macaque monkeys, elephant enclosure for hand feeding and watching gentle rewards based training as Chhouk's prosthetic foot is changed, and a personalized tour complete with rescue stories of the animals. This is a fundraising tour and 100% of profits go directly to the rescue, rehabilitation, care and release of wildlife. Tour information is shown above (see contact website and email).

Volunteer and Bear Keeper for a Day programs are available with Free the Bears, allowing behind-the-scenes access with the sun and moon bears and profits go to their care. There are also several independent tour operators, or you can visit independently, although the centre coveres 6,000 acres and signs are yet to be finalised!

Established in 1995 by the Cambodian Forestry Administration, the day to day running is now done in partnership with Wildlife Alliance, with specific animals cared for by other NGO's Free the Bears, Fauna & Flora International, Conservation International.

Most animals at the center were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade by the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team, a patrol team created by Wildlife Alliance in coordination with the Cambodian Government. Where ever possible, rescued animals are released back into the wild, or if release is not possible they are given a home at the centre for as long as needed. Many of the species are listed as Endangered or Vulnerable and now part of important conservation breeding programs or act as ambassador animals to promote conservation.

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The three days I spent at Phnom Tamao with Free The Bears truly changed my life. Such beautiful, precious animals all with terrible stories of cruelty to tell finally in a safe... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Looking to get out of the city and visit nature and animals? Head here! It was worth the trip out of the city visit. The rescue center houses elephants, gibins, monkeys, bears and a host of other smaller animals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The three days I spent at Phnom Tamao with Free The Bears truly changed my life. Such beautiful, precious animals all with terrible stories of cruelty to tell finally in a safe haven where they are loved and treasured and cared for and have everything they could ever need. If I was a bear, I would want to live here!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is definitely more of a wildlife sanctuary than a zoo, with many of the animals in large open enclosures. You can get up close to and feed heaps of the animals including native deer, sun bears and black bears, gibbons and other monkeys. It's also the closest you'll ever want to come to a wild tiger, leopard or bear.... More 

Thank Robert D
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a zoo. It's a place where animals live in peace and great conditions when there is no option but captivity.They also do rescue and release where possible. This is 1-1.5hrs out of Phnom Penh, you can book through Free the bears and volunteer to be a keeper for a day or longer. This is very rewarding. But... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not far from Phnom Penh, we can make a day tours. It is not go to zoo but you also can help and support animal there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

No crowds, close views of the tigers, elephants, bears, and many more animals. Fun for the whole family.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We hired a taxi from Phnom Penh as it took around 2 hours to get there. On arrival you are constantly harassed by beggars on the long drive which was very upsetting. Once the car stopped you are then harassed by people selling bananas for you to feed the various animals with. The place was lovely and you can see... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were very fortunate to do the back of house tour with Nicki, Emma and their co-workers with Wildlife Alliance. This was not a cheap tour by any means, but the experience to be either close up or hands on with certain animals is just fantastic. The actual centre takes in animals that have been injured, perhaps animals that can't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss this - an amazing place which has come on in leaps & bounds since my first visit almost 10 years ago - truly a source of hope for Cambodia's wildlife. Our guide (Annie?) was amazing - clearly cares deeply about the Centre and the animals, and made the visit really wonderful - especially as we didn't leave ourselves... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent the day here in July 2014 and had a fantastic experience. Our 2 young children still talk about being greeted by one of the elephants Lucky, holding hands with Preah the gibbon who thinks she is human, seeing how the tigers are cared for, watching what happens when an animal has been rescued, seeing the collaborative work done by... More 

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