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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 February 17, 2015

I think this zoo is not so good. I liked the zoo in Kampot a lot better. The layout and the general feel of this zoo is just not that good. I would say more, but you can see for yourself if you go.More

1  Thank spiderted
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2015

Thank you for your review, I am sorry you were disappointed with your visit. I hope the following information helps explain your experience. Phnom Tamao is a wildlife rescue centre, not a zoo. Our primary goal is always release, with the animals that call the...More

Reviewed February 17, 2015

I cant add much to the praise this place has already received, so I'll keep it short. Visit Phnom Tamao. Pay for the official tour run by the rescue centre itself. Have an awe-inspiring day and savour the memories for life.

1  Thank Kate H
Reviewed February 17, 2015 via mobile

I booked the behind the scenes tour that allowed walking with elephants and letting them paint your t shirt along with several other exciting extras. This cost $150 'donation' to the park. It's a total rip off. The bus picks you up at 8am a...More

Thank paul0107
WildlifeRescueTours, Behind-the-scenes tours at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2015

Dear Paul, we are so sorry that you had a negative day on our behind the scenes tour. This tour was created in 2013 as a new fundraiser to support our wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and release operations, and you can already see the benefits in...More

Reviewed February 13, 2015

We found out about this via TA and very happy that the first place we called was already fully booked for our stay in Phnom Penh. Our guide was Phors, who was amaizing for our small group, and she made this the highlight of our...More

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Reviewed February 13, 2015

Amazing experience with a wide array of animals to interact with. Also great to know these guys are so passionate about the welfare and rehabilitation of the rescued animals. The behind the scenes tour is an eye opener to the hard work that goes in...More

1  Thank Robbie K
Reviewed February 10, 2015

We love the place to see kind of tropical animal. The sight was good and worth a visit but it is a little bit too far from Phnom Penh.

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Reviewed February 9, 2015

We read a lot of great things about this place but when we arrived we were really disappointed. The part where you can actually interact with animals is really small and there are only a few deers and a lot of monkeys in there. Rest...More

2  Thank Kuba L
WildlifeRescueTours, Interactive Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2015

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this feedback! I am sorry that you were disappointed by your visit and felt that it looks like a badly run ‘zoo’. By way of background Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center was started by the...More

Reviewed February 8, 2015

A whole day with animals up close... my best memories are Lucky the elephant and his trunk searching my arms for a turnip, Lucky painting a teeshirt for me with me in it, and sitting in a large cage with enthusiastic monkeys leaping into my...More

2  Thank ArgonFour
Reviewed February 1, 2015 via mobile

On the way to Ta Phrom, our driver asked if we wanted to take a visit to the zoo...initially reluctant, I'm glad we paid a visit. Entrance is us5 per person. Large zoo, cute fat otters, super cute owls... The place is amazing and good...More

Thank Choojx
Reviewed January 31, 2015

This was one of the top five highlights of my Asian trip. It is clear that the Alliance team has done a terrific job of improving the standards of this government run facility. Their passion is immense and thanks to them the animals have a...More

1  Thank Leecurtis
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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