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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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Address: National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone Number: +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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Not cheap but worth it

If you are an animal person this is the tour for you. Initially i was put off by the price but my friend read all the reviews and convinced me it'd be a good idea to go! Just as... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are an animal person this is the tour for you. Initially i was put off by the price but my friend read all the reviews and convinced me it'd be a good idea to go! Just as well as it was one of our favourite days in our 3 week travels of South East Asia. We had up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Behind the scenes tour is a great experience for anyone with the slightest interest in animals and their welfare. The staff posses a keen passion for the animals they work with and for the organisations objectives. I hope they flourish and succeed in their endeavour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Firstly be sure to book the 'back of house' tour, even though it costs US$150 it is well worth it. You will get up close and personal with Lucky the Elephant and numerous other animals and learn so much about these wonderful animals. I won't spoil it for you by rambling on. You will also get some wonderful 'selfies' that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So this place is far from the main city and don't make my mistake of taking a tuk tuk all the way cause the heat and the dust will exhaust you if not the slow pace of travel. You should combine Tonle Bati along with this to make it a complete day trip. The place is nice and big cages... More 

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Thank Augustine F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you're in Cambodia this has to be a priority for things to do. I went along sceptical about how the animals would be treated having been to several sanctuaries in other counties and not being impressed and thinking them more of an over glorified zoo. However this is not like the others! If you want to see happy animals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were met by Lucky the elephant with whom we shared a walk whilst we fed her. We were shown many animals including Sun and Moon Bears, Clouded Leopard and the very, very rare Hairy Nosed Otter. We saw babies and massaged a pileated gibbon! Finally we hand fed Long Tailed Macaques which was fantastic. A great day visit.

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Thank Denise B
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with a lot of school kids.Didn't really see a lot of animals! Maybe we were too noisy or the animals were snoozing.Plenty of walking, though.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I paid for the private full day at the rescue centre. It was such an incredible experience and I would do it all again if I went back to Cambodia. The animals are truely taken care of and there is no creulty going on here which was a major concern of mine however after meeting our guide... More 

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Thank Michelle E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best „zoo” I’ve ever been to. The animals are allowed to mingle with each other (and tourists). There are very few places where you will see monkeys teasing a hunting crocodile, shake hands with a makak or dodge a wild boar. The best part is that all this is set in a jungle, where you can explore the surroundings walking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although this visit is very expensive with the Wildlife Alliance (and perhaps there could be some way to offer a reduction - for example this cost us the equivalent of one weeks' salary as NGO workers on local salaries) all the money goes to supporting this very important project to rescue animals (and of course it is a good strategy... More 

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