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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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About Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
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. Check their website for more details. 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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immaterialman wrote a review Jul 2020
Phnom Penh, Cambodia135 contributions34 helpful votes
We donated to wildlife alliance and were hosted for a day at their centre South of Phnom Penh. We were allowed to walk with Lucky the elephant and also feed her and other elephants and animals. We were able to see the work these dedicated people put into caring for these animals and we learnt about their efforts to return as many as possible back to the wild. Our guides were fantastic; they were super friendly and knowledgeable and made the day a wonderful experience. Not only did our donation support their work but we had an amazing day behind the scenes with some fantastic animals... oh and lunch was delicious too!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Wildlife R, Wildlife Tour Coordinator at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
Responded Jul 20, 2020
Thank you for such a thoughtful and kind review! We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit with our 'behind-the-scenes' fundraising tour. We hope you are safe and well, and that you can come back and visit someday soon!
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Jacques wrote a review Jun 2020
Phnom Penh, Cambodia21 contributions4 helpful votes
We have been there one day with family. We have been lucky to spend full day with Wildlife guide and Lucky and amazing elephant. This is Great Experience and all the Wildlife team is dedicated to protect the Wildlife in Cambodia. Congratulations for What you are doing. Thank you so much.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Wildlife R, Wildlife Tour Coordinator at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
Responded Jul 20, 2020
Thank you for your positive review, and for joining our 'behind-the-scenes' tour which funds our rehabilitation and release work of rescued wildlife in Cambodia! We are glad you enjoyed your visit, and hope to see you again someday soon!
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Lisa M wrote a review Mar 2020
Henderson, Nevada778 contributions83 helpful votes
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Beyond amazing! My husband and I truly had an adventure while in Cambodia. We fed elephants and watched with reverence as one had its prosthetic foot removed and a new, clean one applied. We saw tons of monkeys, birds, snakes, big cats, rodents, deer, water buffalo, and even acted as a playground for gibbons!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Wildlife R, Wildlife Tour Coordinator at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
Responded Jul 20, 2020
Thank you for your wonderful review, and for supporting our conservation work by joining our 'behind-the-scenes' tour! We are happy you enjoyed your visit and meeting some of our ambassador animals (including the juvenile macaques and our elephants). Thank you again, we hope you are safe and well!
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Martin776 wrote a review Mar 2020
Lower Hutt, New Zealand18 contributions4 helpful votes
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My partner and I at very late notice decided to visit the centre. Alicia at the centre could not have been more helpfiul and accomodating, and it was fantastic to meet her the next day as one of our tour guides. As we were working and staying in Rural Phnom Penh, closer to the Wildlife Centre, we arranged to get picked up alongbthe main road without a hitch. I am not a fan of Zoo enviroments where animals are just caged for our enjoyment. This is Not a Zoo. This is an amazing facility that takes in abandoned or injured animals and cares for them with amazing dedication. And at times they need to be in a cage for their rehabilitation or protection. It is also sad that this centre is needed, but that takes nothing away from the amazing job they did. The behind the scenes tour isn't cheap, but it is worth the money. Especailly when you see how much food the animals eat. If you can, I would highly recomend doing this tour. We loved the interaction with some of the animals where we could. And getting up close and personal with a wild and free Crested Serpant Eagle was incrediable, as was seeing the work and trust between human and animal when Chhouk the Elephant had its prosthetic leg replaced. This is more than a Zoo and well worth as many hours as you can afford to stay there Thanks very much
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Wildlife R, Wildlife Tour Coordinator at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
Responded Jul 20, 2020
Thank you for your review, and for supporting our rehabilitation and release work for wildlife rescued in Cambodia! We are happy to hear that were able to join us on the tour and that you enjoyed your visit with Alicia. Thank you again for joining the tour, which is a much needed fundraiser for our conservation work at the center and around the country. We hope to see you again sometime!
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Blue Sky wrote a review Mar 2020
Christchurch, New Zealand40 contributions1 helpful vote
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Great opportunity to get close to Monkeys that flourish all around the centre, theres people there selling big bunches of bananas to feed them. Alot of the carnivorous animals are in cages I thought were a tad too small but atleast they are safe and being rehabilitated. It's a good drive from Phnom Penh, we took a tuktuk and it took roughly 2 hours. Definitely worth the trip and entrance fee. Can be hot and dusty, be sure to wear a hat and take water.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from Wildlife R, Wildlife Tour Coordinator at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
Responded Jul 20, 2020
Thank you for taking the time to provide a review! We are glad you enjoyed your visit, the free-roaming macaques can be quite cheeky. The majority of animals have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, and are in a stage of rehabilitation with preparation for release, or if they are unsuitable for reintroduction to the wild they are given a permanent home at the center. No animal in need is ever turned away! With limited funds we do our best to put our animals needs first and foremost, and provide enclosures that meet international husbandry standards while balancing limited resources, as we are constantly receiving new rescues! Thank you again for visiting us and providing suggestions for future guests!
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