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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Address: National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone Number: +855 95 970 175
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Ranked #3 of 29 Attractions in Phnom Penh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: Behind-the-scenes tours with Wildlife Alliance allow private access to the tiger dens, baby animals...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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.
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Wrexham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Had my Cambodian christening working for 2 weeks here in December 2012, that's when I fell in love with this country. This was a very rewarding 2 weeks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We went with Betelnut Tours and paid $40/pax with a guide and a jeep to bring us around. The tour also included a traditional Khmer lunch which was delicious! The guides were friendly and informative and shared their knowledge with us. We get to get up close to some animals and even fed some otters. It was a great experience!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

loved this day, even received a surprise birthday cake! we had a fantastic time, well worth the cost and a real highlight

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A fantastic behind-the-scenes experience. I head read the reviews so had some expectations, but it went beyond them. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable, and the animals were stunning. We went for a walk with the elephants, fed and stroked them, and had a chance to see tigers less than a meter away. In the afternoon you are able to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We were picked up in an air conditioned van for an interesting drive through the countryside. Once there our guide nicky drove us round to meet a wide variety of animals including some I had never seen before. Highlight of the day for my family were our interactions with the monkeys and visiting the elephants and tigers. Wonderful organisation caring... More 

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

Thanks for your review Catelyn, I know Nicky and Vuth had a great day with your family! With over 1200 animals from over 90 species, we introduce most guests to some amazing animals they have never seen before! Thank you choosing to take our behind the scenes tour, 100% of tour profits go directly back to those animals and we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We were lucky enough to visit the centre with Betelnut tours who I recommend highly, ( see separate review ) . There were not many visitors on the day we went so it was a delight to wander around the grounds and see and hear about all the wildlife which has been rescued and the breeding programmes etc. I am... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Far from just a zoo, Phnom Tamao is a rescue and rehabilitation center for animals from a vast number of species, all of which have in some way been directly involved with the wildlife trade. Some of the animals are fortunate enough to be rehabilitated and eligible for soft release and eventual re-release (as in the case of Gibbons in... More 

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

Thanks for your glowing review Mark, and for providing such a great snapshop of our work at Phnom Tamao! We couldn't have achieved so much without our supporters, thank you. Emma More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

It was a long way by tuk tuk, about 2hrs from Phnom Penh. Unfortunately we didnt have time to do the full day tour which sounds like perhaps the better option. It was a bit sad to see the poor state of some of the cages but the bears and elephants looked very well cared for and helping to fund... More 

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

Thank you for your review and feedback. We appreciate you making the journey to the rescue centre to support our work, especially in a tuktuk! We are sorry that you did not have time to join us on our Behind-the-Scenes tour, started in May 2013 specifically as a fundraiser. 100% of tour profits go directly back to the animals and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We had a great day with animals in rescue center doing this behind the scenes-trip. Area is HUGE so I suggest having a guide, otherwise you will definately miss something. The animals are well taken care of, even though sometimes it's quite hard to create natural environment for resque animals that come from really bad conditions. The guides from Wildlife... More 

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

Hi Samira, Thanks for your wonderful review, we had a great day with you too! I am sorry you didn’t get to do tshirt painting or walking with Lucky the elephant, she was not 100% and we were keeping her under the watchful eyes of our resident vet! Our animals health is our priority, we appreciate your understanding! Luckily we... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We booked a behind the scenes tour with Wildlife Alliance. We had a Cambodian and Canadian tour guide. Both were very nice and knowledgable. You can tell that they really do care about the animals and are doing it out of love and not money. I recommend this trip for any animal lover that is traveling through Phnom Pehn. You... More 

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

Thank you so much for your review Marissa and for supporting the Care for Rescued Wildlife Program of Wildlife Alliance. Your generous donation will go a long way to helping Cambodia's wild animals! More 

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