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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 95 970 175
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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 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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National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 95 970 175

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Reviewed May 7, 2017

We visited the Tamao Zoo after visiting the Chiso Mountain. Once we reached, some locals will sell food to feed the animals. I bought a bag of sweet potato which was used to feed the monkeys, deers and elephant. The place was quite big, we...More

Thank yohfng
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued wildlife guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2017

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us and other travelers. Currently we don't have many signs up in English so you don't get to hear the personal stories of the animals without a guide, this is something we are working on changing this year...More

Reviewed May 5, 2017

Have a great day interacting with the animals and know that your money is going to a good cause - saving wildlife from illegal trafficking and someone's dinner table or medicine chest (with much suffering in the process). These people rescue the animals, rehabilitate them...More

Thank Janet H
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued wildlife guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2017

Dear Janet, Thank you for your review and support, 100% of profits from your tour go directly to keeping more animals off dinner plates and out of medicine cabinets, and back to the wild! We couldn't help as many as we do without your donation,...More

Reviewed May 1, 2017

Lots of monkeys! They're everywhere, roaming free.....and locals trying to get you to buy food for the animals. Lots of bears, with some heartbreaking stories of where they were rescued from. The place is doing good but it needs a lot of help. Interesting but...More

Thank Dood50
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued wildlife guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2017

Thanks for sharing your experience, we are glad your family was able to visit Phnom Tamao to see the animals. Our goal is always to release animals, with many of the free-roaming monkeys you saw being originally rescued from the illegal wildlife trades and released...More

Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

The best thing I did in Cambodia! Spend the extra money on the VIP tour and you will get to feed elephants and monkeys. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and they are doing amazing work. The VIP tour includes transport to and from the center,...More

Thank soberunner
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued wildlife guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded May 31, 2017

Thank you so much for your glowing review and for supporting our conservation work! You donations make our work possible and we love introducing you to the animals it has helped, we hope you can visit again. Safe onward travels, Emma

Reviewed April 4, 2017 via mobile

We went on the tour today and, quite honestly, it was the best thing we have done since being in Cambodia. We did the behind the scenes Phnom Tamao Wildlife Tour. Yes it's expensive but we thought it was totally worth it because: 1. The...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

A good place to visit to see some of Cambodia's wildlife. It's a large area but that's not a problem as your Tuk Tuk can take you from place to place. Not all of it is in use and up to date like a western...More

Thank glenn1gc
Reviewed March 29, 2017 via mobile

There are a number of tour companies offering day trips to the sanctuary ranging from $20 to $50. We took the trip with Betelnut tours which left the Lazy Gekko Cafe around 9am. The trip to the reserve took about 80 minutes through the insane...More

Thank raya739
Reviewed March 14, 2017

Both times I came here were with groups of grade 6 students which may had left me with a different opinion rather than going by myself. A great place to go visit, but there are not many animals and it is very run down. The...More

Thank Priscilla P
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2017

Hello Priscilla, Thank you for visiting and introducing the students to the animals and our conservation work in Cambodia. I am surprised by your comment there are not many animals, as we have over 1400 animals across 100 species on display to the public! All...More

Reviewed March 11, 2017

Take the Wildlife Alliance tour - it gives you behind the scenes access that makes the price more than worth it - feed gentle elephants bananas, play with baby monkeys pre-release etc. I have never seen another tour that allows you to see the animals...More

Thank GoRiders13thMan
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 16, 2017

What an incredible title and review, thank you so much for your glowing words and showcasing our work to other travelers! We couldn't achieve all we do for the animals and conservation in Cambodia without your support, thank you. Happy travels!

Reviewed March 1, 2017 via mobile

The behind the scenes tour with wildlife alliance was worth it. We were so lucky to be the only 2 booked for the day so got a private tour with Kate and Vut. Thankyou guys, it was so special! Lucky bounded up to the van...More

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Lizzy G
February 4, 2017|
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Response from RealisticReviewerRNB | Reviewed this property |
Well from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh is around 5-6 hours by car/bus. Then this place is about 1 hour 45mins from Phnom Penh so it's going to be very far unless you plan on staying a couple of nights in the capital to break... More
Leila T
April 8, 2016|
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Response from Julia H | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous reviewer. The only staffers I met and interacted with had very significant experience, and my impression was that either they had been sought out for the position or they themselves had sought this... More
Imad N
February 2, 2016|
Response from Julia H | Reviewed this property |
Imad you can book directly on their website, sorry don't have the link handy. That's how I managed my booking. I do strongly advise you do the behind the scenes tour, all day, with lunch, with access to the animals. Well... More