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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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Address: National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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+855 95 970 175
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With over 1,200 animals including elephants, tigers, bears, gibbons,...

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 *please note we are currently experiencing difficulties with our online booking system, please email us to make a booking!).

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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Full Day Trip to Takeo Province from Phnom Penh
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Brilliant Day!

We had such an amazing day at Tamao rescue centre. Well worth while paying extra and doing the behind the scenes with the staff, as you get to learn the stories of the beautiful... read more

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had such an amazing day at Tamao rescue centre. Well worth while paying extra and doing the behind the scenes with the staff, as you get to learn the stories of the beautiful creatures they care for and get insight into how they operate. My children gained so much from the experience and I know they will remember that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is simply the most amazing experience! Amazing tour guides, who know everything about their animals. Given a tour of the wildlife park and shown behind the scenes. There are many sad stories about the Animals, which makes it even cooler seeing first hand all the great work they are doing. All the animals are either confiscated from black markets... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got to hand feed elephants and baby monkeys today. And we got a behind the scenes look at other animals as well. The tour was very organized and they timed animal feedings with our visits. It was so amazing...my hand touched 2 elephants' tongues today!!!! (Yes, it is a pricy tour, but worth it!)

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WildlifeRescueTours, Wildlife Tour Co-ordinator at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Hello Cassie, Thank you for supporting our conservation efforts at PTWRC by joining our tour, and for your wonderful review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the day with us and we hope to see you again someday soon. Kind Regards, Nicole More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

At first my boyfriend and I were hesitant to book this tour due to the price but it is worth every penny!!! It was also great once we were told that 100% of the proceeds go back to the organization. Our guides, Nikki, Emma, and their associate (sorry, forgot his name!) are amazing. Right from the start you can tell... More 

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WildlifeRescueTours, Wildlife Tour Co-ordinator at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive and informative review of Wildlife Alliance's 'behind-the-scenes' tour. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, and thank you again for joining us, we could not accomplish our conservation work without the generous support of donors such as yourselves! Kind Regards, Nicole More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't book a tour as they were quite expensive we just took a taxi. What we should have done was paid for a guide $10 approx at the entrance but we were rushed through and just paid the $5 entrance fee. It was a big area to walk around and it's not very well signed. Although I understand that... More 

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WildlifeRescueTours, Wildlife Tour Coordinator at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review! I apologize you were not able to request a guide at the ticket gate, you are correct the center currently has very limited signage so it can be difficult to navigate and know what you are seeing without one. We appreciate your feedback, and hope to have increased signage... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see attraction!!! I am visiting from Australia for volunteering with Free The Bears which is apart of the Phnom Tamao wildlife rescue centre and have worked at the zoo for 3 weeks now as a keeper so have seen the whole zoo from the inside out. My first day there I will never forget I was so amazed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The center does in house tours but these were full so we went with Betel Nut Tours (I know that there are others though) and our guide was Sam. She was great with the kids. Kept us together. Told us rescue stories. A very worthwhile day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outstanding in so many ways. Super super day. Handfeed so many different animals, view rare species in natural woodland setting. A vast area, car useful though it's possible to walk between the enclosures. Each enclosure covers several acres/hectares; some (eg deer, hogs, monkeys) you walk through, others (eg bears, crocodiles, elephants, tigers) you obviously view from outside. You need a... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences of Phnom Tamao with fellow independent travelers! You can visit on your own and as you mention, we recommend keeping your car with you to drive between areas, as the enclosures are very spread out to give the animals a natural outlook. We also highly recommend asking if a guide... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the park with the Wildlife Alliance tour a couple of weeks ago and was super impressed. The work that the centre does is vital considering the number of threats to wildlife in Southeast Asia and they do it in a great way, putting the animals' welfare first. To see the way the animals are prepared for return to the... More 

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

Thanks for joining our tour and supporting our conservation work! 100% of tour profits go directly back to helping the animals you met and the many more in need. We couldn’t do it without you – so thank you! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were worried this zoo might be like some of the ones we'd heard of in Thailand/Indonesia where the animals are treated poorly but this is in fact a rescue centre for those that are poorly treated elsewhere. It is all going towards a good cause, and I highly recommend a visit through a tour group because the trip up... More 

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