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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 95 970 175
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Ranked #6 of 45 attractions in Phnom Penh
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Behind-the-scenes tours with Wildlife Alliance allow private access to the tiger dens, baby animals in nursery, the elephant enclosure (for feeding... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Sydney, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

A great experience for families and friends who are used to Western zoos! The animals were wandering around, and you are able to feed them. Cheeky monkeys are running around everywhere, and one of my favourite experiences was giving one a banana!

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Oahu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

My husband and I went on the behind the scenes tour today with Tori as our amazing guide. My husband was a little apprehensive about the donation price but at the end, he was more than happy donating our money to such a worthy cause. Truly amazing. The stars of the tour are of course the elephants and the monkeys.... More

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Kunisaki, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

I took the behind the scenes tour with my brother-in-law and my nine year-old niece. Our tour guide was Tori and she was absolutely fantastic. If you are going to the zoo, you should keep in mind that it IS NOT a western zoo. It is an animal sanctuary that supports animals through donations and the minuscule entrance fee. If... More

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Fresno, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Alot of animals, especially birds and exotic, rare mammals. My wife and I came into possession of a slow loris and wanted to save the little guy from becoming more bush-meat. They gladly took him from us and he is doing well now and may be re-united to a forest at some time in the future. The rescue center is... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

I did this tour with the Wildlife Alliance organization, not really sure how you would do it any other way as the centre is very large and would be quite difficult to wander on your own, plus not only do you get to go behind the scenes but also get a personal tour guide so even though it's a little... More

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Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Private tour by the guides was a big hit for the family. They went out of their way to share their knowledge about and their care for the animals. Lots of variety, and lots of fun was had by all.

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Phnom Tamao WRC T, Guide for behind-the-scenes interactive tours at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

It was a pleasure introducing your family to the rescued animals and their keepers on the Wildlife Alliance behind-the-scenes tour! Thank you for your review and we hope to see you back again! We often receive new residents and release others, which you can keep up to date with on the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center facebook page. More

Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

A great place doing great work. Loved seeing Ellie, the elephant, who also painted a tshirt. The elephant with the prosthetic leg - amazing. This place really RESCUES wildlife.Money well-spent and for a worthy cause.

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Phnom Tamao WRC T, Interactive guide with Wildlife Alliance at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your review - We're glad you enjoyed meeting the elephants on the Wildlife Alliance interactive tour! It is always rewarding for us to share the positive reinforcement training with others to promote abuse-free interaction with elephants. Your donation by taking this behind-the-scenes tour will help us to continue rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing animals in Cambodia. Thank you... More

Beijing
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I took all of my little children there (8, 6, 4, and 2) and we had a great time. Emma and her staff we very great hosts and very patient with dealing with a family as large as mine. The ride out there was long, but interesting as well as we got to see some of Cambodia away from the... More

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Phnom Tamao WRC T, Guide behind-the-scenes with Wildlife Alliance at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

We are thrilled that you and the kids had a great time and a family-friendly day with the animals. You may be relieved to hear that the weather is already cooler this week after a brief rain - We hope you get a chance to come again in the future! We thank you for supporting the Care for Rescued Wildlife... More

Buenos Aires
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

In December we took a bus load of people fro the Stung Meanchey garbage dump to the zoo. It was an amazing day. They had never seen exotic animals, the lunch was great, the activities were a hit -- and Amy organized everything for us. The people at the dump are proudly wearing th free t-shirts they gave us. Some... More

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

We arranged this tour with Wildlife Alliance for our family of 04 pax and it was a very interesting tour indeed. We spent a great day visiting Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center and we were amazed of how much works they have done to protect the animals-not just at their rescue centre but also around Cambodia . Thanks for Emma-who... More

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