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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 #8 of 47 Attractions in Phnom Penh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

What struck us when we went round this well thought through and necessary wildlife rescue centre was that we were the only non-local people there. The place wasn't just teeming with Cambodians. It was full of sunbears, tigers, gibbons and the like. Perhaps too many of them - after all, it is a rescue centre.

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Waterford, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We wandered around here hoping we weren't missing anything important as there are few sign posts and no map was provided. Some animals have a story you can read about which is good but there are many cages where they don't even tell you what animal it is. That brings me to my next point, the cages. I thought that... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

We did a 'behind the scenes' tour with the Wildlife Alliance. This included getting right up close and personal with rescued elephant Lucky, who greeted us as we drove into the center. Lucky is very friendly and will immediately overwhelm you with an enthusiastic truck searching you for fruits. We encountered Lucky a few times during the day and every... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW via mobile

Loved the ethos of this place in that they rescue animals from the wild and release them back into the wild if they can. Some of the pens are huge and give the animals plenty of space. As a reserve, it is vast. It is walkable, but glad we had a tuk tuk for the day which took us round... More

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The center is located a bit outside of Phnom Penh, but its well worth the trip. You can purchase a VIP package that gives you an exclusive behind the scenes tour where you can view all the animals, hold a few of the smaller critters and even get a t-shirt painted by an elephant - while wearing it! Its well... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The most amazing day, this place is worth every cent. The guides go out of there way to make the day super special. The animals are absolutely beautiful, you get to be up close and personal knowing there is no cruelty to these animals. We paid to have the all day tour and I loved every minute of it. The... More

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Theodore, Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

When I decided to go to Cambodia, this was the main place I wanted to visit. It was well worth the 2 hour tuk tuk ride from our hostel. The local guide proved very knowledgeable and we were able to go to all parts of the park. Some of the animals will be released but others, such as my special... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Found ourselves at a loose end in Phnom Penh one day, so thought we'd take our girl to see the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. I'd been there before, but this time it seemed further away. Probably the tuk-tuk guys was taking the longest way there. As you approach up the bumpy dirt road all these beggars come out of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

That's the best way to describe it.They have a ton of land.Some resident animals have more space then a typical zoo.They rehabilitate the animals which they can and release them back into the wild.These animals are kept in a special room away from interaction with people so they don't grow to comfortable. Phnom Tamao is a 2 hour tuk tuk... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We were not expecting to betaken to this park by our driver but were very pleased we were. However there were no maps or signs to guide us around this immense park, although we did enjoy what we did see. The animals were in lovely enclosures and appeared to be happy and well cared for. It was nice to be... More

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