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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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So glad we did this tour of the rescue centre with Wildlife Alliance! Firstly, the cost ($150 USD) goes to a great cause - helping wildlife alliance rehabilitate and continue to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

So glad we did this tour of the rescue centre with Wildlife Alliance! Firstly, the cost ($150 USD) goes to a great cause - helping wildlife alliance rehabilitate and continue to rescue animals in need, and if this isn't enough of a reason it is also tax deductable (for Aussies). Secondly, what an amazing experience to spend time up close... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This was an awful sight to see. Leading into the park there are countless beggars then once at the park the cages are small, overgrown with weeds, or just baron dirt floors. Upon entry you are mobbed by people trying to get you to buy bananas. The park is hard to find your way around, the map doesn't help a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

We arranged a tour and got picked up at a local garage and took out to the rescue centre in a mini bus, what a great day myself and my 12 year old daughter had, we love animals and loved spending the day at the centre we both learned so much about all the animals. 2 tour guides Emma and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Getting to take Lucky the elephant for a walk, seeing how a prosthetic leg is fitted to another elephant whose leg was amputated after stepping in a trap, feeding elephants, seeing tigers, leopards, otters, up close, caressing a gibbon, entering the macaques cage...is just a bit of the experience. Good lunch is served, water throughout too. The care, time and... More 

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

Thank you Ryan for your wonderful review. It was a pleasure meet you and introduce you to some of cambodia's rescued wildlife, as well as share the goals that we are trying to achieve at Phnom Tamao wildlife rescue centre! It is always rewarding for us to share our positive reinforcement training with others in order to encourage abuse free... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We paid the extra money for the behind the scenes tour. Yes, it was expensive, but was well worth it and the money goes to a good cause. If you have any concerns about animals in their care, just ask, and they will tell you the animal's story!

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

Thank you so much for your review, i am pleased you enjoyed your day with us on the behind-the-scenes tour., 100% of tour profits go directly back into the rescue, care, rehabilitation and release of cambodian wildlife. Thank you for your support - Georgia More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We did the Behind The Scenes Tour. Emma and Nikki were great guides. You couldn't meet two nicer girls/ladies. We thoroughly enjoyed our day seeing/meeting the animals rescued and hearing their stories. Both guides were knowledgeable, interesting and clearly had a strong feel for the animals. We don't normally like to do full day tours, finding them over long and... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review and support. Our guides are very passionate about the animals and the work we are trying to achieve at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre and i am pleased to hear that shines through! I know Emma and Nikki had a great day with you and we hope to see you again. Thank you again... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

We want with betelnuttours on a day trip. We got to feed gibbons by hand and up really close to a number of animals. Really great day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We did the Wildlife Alliance behind the scenes tour and it was fantastic! Prompt pick up from a good location in the centre of town and nice trip on air conditioned bus to the park. Nice lunch was also included. Highlights were having the opportunity to interact directly with some of the monkeys as well as walking through the forest... 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 pleased to hear that you enjoyed your day with us on our Behind-the-Scenes tour. 100% of your donation, through taking this tour supports the animal's care and rehabilitation - as well as release for those fortunate animals who are able to grow strong enough to re-enter their natural habitat. Thank you for your... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The areas for many of the animal are just OK condition but it was clear that the need much in the way of feeding and care. Some of the conditions were truly deplorable by Western standards for animal care

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

Thank you for your review and feedback Scott. Your comments are greatly concerning and I hope the following information assists your understanding and that of other readers. All the animals you saw have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trades in Cambodia. Most have come from horrific and abusive conditions and would likely be dead without the care provided at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My husband and I did the behind the scenes experience here and it was worth every penny. The center is doing great things for the many animals that they have rescued from horrible experiences. The stories of the animals are heartbreaking. We were picked up by our guide Adrian in a van and taken to the center. We got to... More 

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