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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 #8 of 47 Attractions in Phnom Penh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

The zoo was a fair way from town. We had a guided tour with an air conditioned van which was great. The animals had plenty of space but I wouldn't put this zoo at the top of my list. We did buy bananas for the monkeys which was a fun experience but overall wouldn't recommend for the distance you have... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The collection of animals cared for at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre is vast and quite exotic. From Eagles to Tigers to Elephants to Python, they are all there. And lots of cute monkeys but keep an eye on that bag of chips or the monkeys will steal the bag in a blink of an eye. You'll need transportation... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Me and the girlfriend visited here today and had an amazing time doing the behind the scenes tour ! Our guide Emma was excellent and obviously very passionate about her job and all the animals at the park. All the animals were the happiest I have seen compared to what I have seen in zoo's and I actually got to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I am so very glad that my husband and I went on the 'behind the scenes' tour. Fantastic up close activity with Lucky the elephant. The Wildlife Alliance are doing an amazing job rescuing and protecting many animals that would otherwise be sold in the illegal animal trade. If you love animals this is a must do!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We booked the behind the scenes tour which included access to some areas that the public don't get to see. It was expensive at $150 but was a very interesting and worthwhile tour. We were picked up in Phnom Penh by our guides Nikki and Anna and they chatted to us for the 1 hour drive to the sanctuary. They... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

What struck us when we went round this well thought through and necessary wildlife rescue centre was that we were the only non-local people there. The place wasn't just teeming with Cambodians. It was full of sunbears, tigers, gibbons and the like. Perhaps too many of them - after all, it is a rescue centre.

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Waterford, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We wandered around here hoping we weren't missing anything important as there are few sign posts and no map was provided. Some animals have a story you can read about which is good but there are many cages where they don't even tell you what animal it is. That brings me to my next point, the cages. I thought that... More

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ToriE941, Wildlife Alliance guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you for providing feedback of your visit. We at Wildlife Alliance are currently working with the Cambodian government to develop a map of the rescue centre and educational signs at the animal enclosures with help from new funding through our behind-the-scenes wildlife tour. We hope to improve the educational experience for general visitors at the centre, though our guided... More

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

We did a 'behind the scenes' tour with the Wildlife Alliance. This included getting right up close and personal with rescued elephant Lucky, who greeted us as we drove into the center. Lucky is very friendly and will immediately overwhelm you with an enthusiastic truck searching you for fruits. We encountered Lucky a few times during the day and every... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

Loved the ethos of this place in that they rescue animals from the wild and release them back into the wild if they can. Some of the pens are huge and give the animals plenty of space. As a reserve, it is vast. It is walkable, but glad we had a tuk tuk for the day which took us round... More

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The center is located a bit outside of Phnom Penh, but its well worth the trip. You can purchase a VIP package that gives you an exclusive behind the scenes tour where you can view all the animals, hold a few of the smaller critters and even get a t-shirt painted by an elephant - while wearing it! Its well... More

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