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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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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...more
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National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I visited this wildlife rescue centre on the second last day of my trip, and having already had an extremely memorable visit in Cambodia, I am delighted to say that this wildlife sanctuary takes the cake. I booked the $150USD Behind the Scenes tour and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank colari
Wildlife R, WA Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for writing us this fantastic review! We are incredibly happy you has such an enjoyable day! Hopefully you learnt lots of new information about the animals and the unfortunate circumstances that preceded their rescue from our dedicated WA guides! Indeed, the keepers are...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I cannot recommend visiting. The principal message one takes home from a visit here is that the wretched animals kept in sad conditions here are only here because some other human was at some point treating them worse—-a very sobering message indeed. This is not...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank steveb1508
Wildlife R, WA Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Since its opening in 1995 the park has been owned and run by the Cambodian government and the Forestry Administration. Indeed, the conditions initially were not ideal however, as you rightly pointed out, many of...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I spent the day with the wildlife alliance at Phnom Tamao last week & really enjoyed myself. The staff are obviously very passionate and are doing their best with the limitations they come up against in Cambodia. The animals are well cared for, lunch was...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank gem_wanderluster
Wildlife R, WA Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to write this kind review. Indeed, working here doesn't come without it's challenges, but we always do the very best that we can to help rescue, rehabilitate and release as many animals as we possibly can! It's lovely to...More

Reviewed March 12, 2019

Cannot describe enough how wonderful our day here with Nicole and Vhat was. Our day with the animals, learning their stories and all about their personalities was incredible. Any questions we had were always answered and the animals welfare is clearly prioritised above all which...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Alexh92
Wildlife R, WA Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2019

Indescribable! Wow! Thank you so much for your kind words, I am very glad that you enjoyed your day with Vuth and I - we hope that you learnt a lot from us! Indeed, Lucky is generally a big favourite - you describe her perfectly!...More

Reviewed March 10, 2019

We took a behind the scenes day tour that, as others point out, is quite expensive. It starts with a pick-up in Phnom Penh and drives (about 1 ½ hours) to the sanctuary stopping along the way at a local market to pick up food...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank robyn r
Wildlife R, WA Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your day and thank you very much for your support! Indeed our keepers love the animals they care for and our guides enjoy spreading their knowledge on all the beautiful...More

Reviewed March 9, 2019

Wildlife Alliance provides a Behind the Scenes tour. It's a one-day tour where you are guided along some of the enclosures in the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. You can join this tour after a donation of 150$ or more, with the proceeds going to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Serge T
Wildlife R, WA Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2019

Thank you so much for the lovely recount of your day with us! We love to hear when guests enjoyed their experience as we appreciate each and every donation we receive and hope that you gained many amazing memories as a result! Many thanks and...More

Reviewed March 7, 2019

I first visited Tamao over six years ago and was pleased at the improvements, but still found it lacking. Some of the animals have large enclosures and are able to roam fairly freely, while others are pretty restricted. I dislike the food sellers pushing the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank PPenh2017
Wildlife R, WA Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 19, 2019

Thank you for writing us this review, we are glad that you have seen the centre is moving in the right direction since its start back in 1995. Indeed, forward progress is required and is always occurring. Though government owned, a lot of the centre...More

Reviewed February 27, 2019 via mobile

Today we had a behind the scenes tour with the NGO Wildlife Alliance, the group responsible for the day to day financing and running of the centre, including rescuing animals. We had some reservations about the price ($150 USD) but we decided to go because...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Wildlife R, WA Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 5, 2019

Hello Steph, Thank you for your kind review! Sounds like you had a fantastic day, we loved having you on tour with us! We hope you took a lot away from the day, fun memories and of course important conservation messages. We certainly agree, visiting...More

Reviewed February 20, 2019 via mobile

A great place to visit especially because its main purpose is to help animals who have lost habitat etc. The enclosures are large and far apart. Don't expect to see all the animals as there is ample room for them to hide out. The bull...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BlankleyT
Wildlife R, Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! We're glad to hear you coupled your trip with a visit to the local Pagoda, it certainly does make for a good break from the city. The enclosures are great sizes, but as you say, this does mean sometimes it's...More

Reviewed February 12, 2019

I had mixed feelings after visiting this place. To Cambodian standards, it is probably a decent place. Soms animals looked less healthy, but this can because of their past. It would be more reasonable if there were only animals from Cambodia and neighbouring countries. But...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank VincentR1984
Wildlife R, Wildlife Tour Co-ordinator at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2019

Hello Vincent, Thank you for taking the time to provide a review! To give a bit of background of the center, it was started in 1995 by the Cambodian Forestry Administration and is supported by various conservation NGO's such as Flora and Fauna International, Free...More

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kimchitravels
July 18, 2018|
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Response from Jess V | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I don't believe so but you could certainly message them. It would be a very long day though. The wildlife centre really was a full day tour. :)
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yoan1818
July 5, 2018|
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Response from gksd | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I think it is around US$5 if you go by yourself. But you would need some form of transport to get there as it is a good hour from Phnom Penh and in the middle of nowhere down a dusty road, so I don't think a tuk tuk... More
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elysesimek
June 9, 2018|
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Response from Wildlife R | Property representative |
Betelnut Jeep Tours is a private business running tours at the center, their tours do not include any behind the scenes access, but they have over 10 years experience at the park and know the stories and personalities of the... More
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