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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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My husband and I did the 'Behind the Scenes' tour with the park's Wildlife Alliance staff on 7 April, and it was the most wonderful experience! Not only did we tick off some... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I did the 'Behind the Scenes' tour with the park's Wildlife Alliance staff on 7 April, and it was the most wonderful experience! Not only did we tick off some lifelong dreams by feeding elephants, getting touching distance from big cats and getting cuddled by monkeys, but we were inspired by the incredible work and dedication of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Like other reviewers here, our family appreciated the expertise of our friendly guides, the chance to have the contact (afforded by the behind the scenes VIP tour) with Lucky the elephant, Preah the gibbon, and the crazy baby monkeys. We also learned a lot about the efforts of Wildlife Alliance and the Rescue Centre, as well as the many animals... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

You can get up close to monkeys and deer here.You stroll through the enclosure and feed the animals..The kids selling bananas and sweet potato are a bit of a hassle and we had to be firm with them, all in all very enjoyable

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

We did a tour that picked us up in Phnom Penh and brought us to the center. Our guide was very entertaining and knowledgeable. I didn't think much about the treatment of animals in tourist destinations before I came here, so I'm glad this was one of our first stops in Asia. Lunch was a delicious picnic. Watch your food;... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This place has all the potential of the world since they have a big diversity of rescued animals. Unfortunately most of this animals are craving for food and they get fed by visitors all the time (very bad. At the sunbear's cage it is clearly explained not to feed the bears cause that may cause fighting. The bear's program is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

An emotional and exhilirating experience. From the moment we met our friendly and very knowgeable guides till we waved goodbye at the end of the day. Sweet Lucky the elephant was not well on our visit so only able to see her from a distance being lovingly cared for. Feeding and stroking the other female was fun looking into those... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The Wildlife Alliance assist the centre in caring for the rescued animals that are residents here - the victims of the abhorrent illegal wildlife trade. Happily they are provided with love and care from the absolutely brilliant WA team. On the day tour which you need to book through the WA directly, you spend time learning about the centre, being... 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 tour and for your wonderful review. We are glad you enjoyed the close personal encounters with the animals. While release is always our primary goal, those who are not suitable are provided with a lifetime of care and love at the sanctuary, with some able to be ambassador animals for their species and our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

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

Thank you for your review, we are so glad you could join us on tour! It can be a rather long day this time of year with the heat, glad to hear the well timed lunch and hammock time re energised you for the afternoon! The up close animal encounters also help to keep you energised and we are glad... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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