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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 #4 of 39 Attractions in Phnom Penh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Owner description: Behind-the-scenes tours with Wildlife Alliance allow private access...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

I booked this trip through Wildlife Alliance. I would recommend this to anyone who is visiting Phnom Penh. While the donation fee may seem high, it is well worry every single dollar. Emma, our tour guide, was lovely and very informative. Ive seen reviews of people who have rocked up on a Tuktuk and not enjoyed it as much. Please... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I was a bit nervous, booking a trip to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, given some of these 'Rescue Centres' have bad reputation for animal cruelty. But I was impressed with this place. While most animals were obviously in cages, and it would be better for them to be in the wild, this could be said for any zoo. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We booked the behind the scenes tour and although it was pricey, it was well worth the money for a memorable experience. We were also showed were our money was going (building nee enclosures, food, etc) and told the stories of all the animals. Would highly recommend.

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

Thank you for your support and your wonderful review, Charlotte! We would be unable to care for the 1200+ animals that call Phnom Tamao home, and achieve all our goals without generous supporters like you! -Niki More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

I enjoyed visiting the animal sanctuary here. It is about an hour and a half from Phnom Penh by tuk tuk. The animals seem well cared for and have good sized enclosures with lots of foliage etc. It is a big place and I think you can get guides but we just walked round ourselves. We were pestered by children... More 

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

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. I am glad you enjoyed your day and got to see some of the 1200+ animals rescued from the wildlife trafficking trade that call Phnom Tamao home! You are correct, it is possible to get a guide to take you around the park for a donation of your... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

As a Rescue, you know that you are supporting something good. The animals are well cared for and in good natural habitats. These animals have all been rescued and they are not being exploited as such in a zoo. That being said, as a venue, it is very spread out, and it is hard to even see the animals properly.... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We are glad you enjoyed the journey to the rescue center, especially by dirt-bike! By way of background, the park was started in 1995 by the Cambodian Forestry Administration and has been supported by registered NGO Wildlife Alliance since 2001. Almost all of the animals have been rescued in Cambodia... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

This tour gave us insight into the huge amount of work that Wildlife Alliance does including working with and rescuing trafficked and poorly treated animals. The work they do here is amazing. Our tour guide was experienced and knew every animal personally. We were able to meet Lucky the elephant and get our t-shirt painted by the artist herself. Highly... More 

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

Thank you for your review, Kylie! We're glad you enjoyed meeting the elephants on the Wildlife Alliance interactive tour! It is always rewarding for us to share the positive reinforcement training with others to promote abuse-free interaction with elephants. Your donation by taking this behind-the-scenes tour will help us to continue rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing animals in Cambodia. Thank you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The group at Phnom Tamao are doing wonderful things to preserve wildlife and protect animals from trafficking and other types of abuse. My husband and I had the privilege of spending a day on the Behind the Scenes Tour with Tori and Vicki at the Wildlife Alliance. We were hesitant to do any animal-related experiences in Asia given the amount... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We visited this wildlife and rescue center today. We booked a tour called Bear keeper for the day with freethebears.org and it was a great experience! They are doing a great job educating natives of various Asian countries about the importance of conservation as well as providing for confiscated animals that cannot be returned to the wild due to the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We had read only good things about this safari park so we decided to visit. Our driver dropped us off at the "entrance", where there was no map, no info, nothing and pointed at the first fenced off area to let us explore. The moment we left our Tuk tuk we were surrounded by people trying to sell us food... More 

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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. I am sorry you feel the animals are not well cared for and hope the following information will help your understanding of the work we are doing at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre (PTWRC). By way of background, the park was started in 1995 by the Cambodian Forestry Administration. The daily running has... More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

A++++ Without a doubt one of the top highlights of our trip through South East Asia was doing a trip through Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center with Wildlife Alliance. Where else can you go for a walk through the forest with an elephant, massage the back of a gibbon, and then get into a cage and have macaques crawling all... More 

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

Thank you so much for your glowing review Geoff! I am sure it was a memorable day for Emma and the animals as well! Thank you for supporting our conservation work! We are grateful to donors like you who are willing to give more for an extra special visit up close with the animals and supporting them by doing so. More 

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