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“Wonderful day getaway” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 95 970 175
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Ranked #6 of 135 things to do in Phnom Penh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: 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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“Wonderful day getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

I hired a dirt bike from the city and headed to the zoo whic was around 40 km from the city. The zoo was not fancy but it was much more than what i had expected in Cambodia, there was a huge variety of animals and astonishingly the cages were big and widespread. We actually went in and travelly on the dirt bike itself getting down to see the animals and not tiring ourselves

The only downside was that there were not many restaurants to eat and by the time we finished in the evening, we were exhausted and left wanting for food.

Visited December 2011
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“A great place to visit, not just for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

A great wildlife sanctuary that looks after mistreated animals. A great experience, to see animals being looked after in a part of the world where this is rare. Since it's a sancutary and not a zoo, there is very little signage or visitor information, so going with Betelnut tours is recommended!

Visited October 2012
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“Run down but nice to see the sun bears”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Huge Park, but most of it is run down and the accomodation for the animals consists of a cage. The sun bear enclosures are pretty good (they get funding clearly) Obviously liked seeing the animals but wish they could be better accomodated. Do understand however that this is a matter of money. At least there is somewhere for rescued animals.

Visited November 2012
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“Great work”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is a bit out of town but as a foreign visitor it was a perfect way to get up close and personal with some Cambodian animals, including a friendly elephant, without being concerned for their welfare. I recommend using a tour company such as Betelnut because the wildlife centre is very large and it's hard to know where to start if you're on your own. We went with Betelnut and it was an unforgettable day.

Visited November 2012
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“interesting due to the really fee money they have”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

It still is a zoo but first, they take care of species in danger like asian bears, injured animals or animals saved of illegal commerce. Secondly, the place is nice and most of the animals have enaught place to leave. The bad point is that the official guide asked us quite an expensive "tip" for his one hour explanation. You can stay there more than 3 hours is quite big. The entrance fee is 5USD.

Visited November 2012
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