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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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Description: 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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We visited in May 2015 with the Behind the Scenes Tour with the Wildlife Alliance. Although pricey, the experience was worth every penny and it was heartening to know that the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

It took two hours to get to this wildlife rescue center. The best part of the attraction was the interaction you get with the monkeys. Other than the Monkeys, all the animals are kept in very small enclosures. If you are used to American zoos skip this visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015 NEW

We visited in May 2015 with the Behind the Scenes Tour with the Wildlife Alliance. Although pricey, the experience was worth every penny and it was heartening to know that the money is put toward the care of the animals. Our tour guide was phenomenal - she was knowledgeable about all of the animals in the park and had stories... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Phnom Tamao Wilflide Rescue Centre is a worthwhile day trip from Phnom Penh to see wildlife and have lunch. $5 USD entry for tourists. The animals seem to be well taken care of although some animals that were housed alone seemed a bit depressed. Make sure you stop at the deer enclosure on the way in - they are really... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This place is obviously doing great work in saving the moon bears and helping the mine affected elephants. These animals also have nice enclosures. They should just keep to that. The rest of the place is like a poorly run zoo. The animals are in small cages and seem to be there as a token gesture, so very sad to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I have heard the arguments against zoos and whilst I cant stand seeing birds in cages this project is leaps and bounds ahead of many of the living conditions that humans are expected to put up with in Cambodia. The two organisations that seem to run the show are doing a great job to look after animals rescued from Chinese... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

The park was awesome. All the animals looked happy and the were well fed. The food our tour alone gave them was near enough. I recommend going through Betelnut Tours and specifically asking for Sam Phors

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Run down and poor facilities. Was pestered by the children to buy food for the animals. Living conditions for the animals wasn't really how it should be!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I undertook the bear keeper experience and enjoyed my day with a reasonable 8am collection & one hour comfortable drive to the centre. My guide was delightful and passionate about her employ and animals. There were only three on the day so quite intimate. When visited the moon bear housing centre and got behind the scenes to watch breakfast and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

This place can be very quite and peaceful with a tour guide it's not a bad place to check out and see the caged animals. Just wish it was better located and designed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We went through betelnut tours and were super impressed by the quality of the tour! Our guide was lovely and really accommodating. She knew a lot about the animals and was all too happy to answer our questions. The animals are well looked after and amazing to interact with. It seems like a really genuine place trying to make a... More 

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Address: National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone Number: +855 95 970 175
Location: Asia  >  Cambodia  >  Phnom Penh

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