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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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The animal park is spacious. You walk between the monkeys and deer by. It also included many pens of the animals (in wooded area). At the entrance you will be overwhelmed by the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

Well, Let me start off by saying the Australian lady we had today as a guide was great and as was Chum the Cambodian assistant. Very polite and talkative all day. And it was great to see animals which would otherwise be dead living seemingly happy enough lives, although in captivity. Now the reason why I've given this two stars...... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

I uded to work in a wildlife rehabilitation centre, a serious one, and THERE IS NO WAY TOURISTS ARE ALLOWED TO BE IN CONTACT OR FEED THE ANIMALS, if they wanna have a single chance to be released and survive in the wild. A tiger in a cage forever is not happy. Would you rather die or stay in prison... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The animal park is spacious. You walk between the monkeys and deer by. It also included many pens of the animals (in wooded area). At the entrance you will be overwhelmed by the locals to buy food for the animals. The part where the bears are captured is new and much nicer than the rest. To see everything you need... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

There are so many wonderful animals at Phnom Tamao and your entrance fee helps keep the animals safe. The Tigers in particular are worth a FORTUNE on the black market, so they need to be heavily guarded against poachers. One word of caution... if you have long blond hair... stay away from the Bonobos!! :P

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Definitely do the VIP/behind the scenes tour - you get air-conditioned transport to and from Phnom Penh, along with the wonderful experience of passionate guides and hands-on time with the animals who have been rescued or confiscated from horrible circumstances.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The majority of this park is on the right track and the animals are well looked after. That said some cages are far too small, dirty and in need of repair. The crocodiles and birds in particular look in need of some attention. Also the amount of rubbish is hard to understand and any that goes into bins is then... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Two Cambodian friends and I went to the wildlife center by tuk-tuk, and the ride took us about an hour from Phnom Penh. This is an area of protected forest and was well-shaded and fairly cool on a hot day. We saw many birds, monkeys, several sun bears, one tiger, a few elephants, and heard the roar of a lion.... More 

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

Hi Cathie, Thanks for visiting and supporting our conservation work in Cambodia, what a lovely day trip! It's always special to hear the roar of a lion, especially in Cambodia! As you mentioned all the animals are rescued so sometimes we receive non-native animals as well. When they can't be returned to their country of origin they are given a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

A freind and me where on the behind the scenes tour, on 21 april, and it was amazing!! We had the best tour, with the best guides, the best thing we have done in Cambodia!! I would recommend this for everyone old and young..! You get so close to the animals and get stories on how each animal was rescued..... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 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

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review, it is greatly appreciated and never too late! We are so glad your family enjoyed the day, especially meeting Lucky! Having been hand raised with only love and food rewarded training, she responds with complete trust and delight at meeting new people. We are glad this beautiful relationship shines through!... More 

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