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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 #9 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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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Must visit this huge wildlife park. So sad to see some of the animals but after being informed that some can not be relaxed for their own safety its a stark reminder of the poor animals not safe from humans..!!

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Stevenage Hertfordshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

It's big, huge in fact. everyone else was scooting about on their mopeds or in Tuk Tuk... we walked, perfectly doable but hot work. It's in Cambodia, don't expect wonderful new exhibits. but the majority of the animals are well cared for with stimulating environments and clean water (not the crocodile tho). 145 reused bears take up the most space,... More

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We took the behind the scenes tour with the Wildlife Alliance and had an amazing day. Feeding Lucky the elephant and having her paint us a tshirt were just two of the highlights of an amazing day. In the heat it would be very easy to get tired and give up but this tour is paced really nicely and we... More

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Buddina, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Visited the centre through Wildlife Alliance for a behind the scenes tour which was worth every dollar. Guides take you through the history and lives of the rescued animals and we got to hand feed the elephant and baby monkeys. All the animals are in a natural setting and the place is huge so you get to see a small... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The Behind the Scenes tour is definitely not for anyone on a budget, its $150 with all proceeds going back into the centre. But if you can go, it's definitely worth it. I love animals and got a big kick out of meeting Lucky the elephant, including feeding her, walking her, and having her paint you a t-shirt. You also... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 via mobile

We spent a day at this sanctuary as part of free the bears.org bear keeper for a day . It was magical; the bears are cared for by Cambodian keepers who each have a max of two bears to care for; they do this with love and professional care. In a country where the natural wildlife are so threatened with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Booked a behind the scenes tour with Wildlife Alliance, had a wonderful day getting up close to the animals and learning about them and their rehabilitation. The tour guides are very knowledgeable, an Australian and a Canadian girl. The park is very spread out so if you don't go on a tour need to have a vehicle to get you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

The only way to do this is through the wildlife alliance tour. If you skimp and just do the 5 dollar entry you have missed out. The animals there are all trained via positive reinforcement so are treated so much nicer than the other elephant tracking tours in Cambodia which I have been told use the bull hook to intimidate... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This is a very large park, not just a zoo, and you can get lost or waste a lot of time if you try to walk around on your own. Definitely take a tuk-tuk or taxi and ask the driver to take you around. Clearly this place is on a low budget. The enclosures are rusted and not very well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We went for savethebears.org and found this bear keeper for the day program. Amazing amazing day!! The best part is feeding enrichment to the bears and watching them search around for food. The tour and the people are amazing and know so much about the bears. Highly recommend and spread the word about these amazing animals.

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