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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
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Full Day Trip to Takeo Province from Phnom Penh
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Owner description: 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.
Brisbane, Australia
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“Great work”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

This is a bit out of town but as a foreign visitor it was a perfect way to get up close and personal with some Cambodian animals, including a friendly elephant, without being concerned for their welfare. I recommend using a tour company such as Betelnut because the wildlife centre is very large and it's hard to know where to start if you're on your own. We went with Betelnut and it was an unforgettable day.

Visited November 2012
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“interesting due to the really fee money they have”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

It still is a zoo but first, they take care of species in danger like asian bears, injured animals or animals saved of illegal commerce. Secondly, the place is nice and most of the animals have enaught place to leave. The bad point is that the official guide asked us quite an expensive "tip" for his one hour explanation. You can stay there more than 3 hours is quite big. The entrance fee is 5USD.

Visited November 2012
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

Slow loris, Gibbons, Tigers, bears ,,, all rescued and looked after. Not flash in any way but the animals seem well looked after. Shocking to see all the elderly begging as you drive in but if you give a little very thankful.

Visited October 2012
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Lots of different animals”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

It was a bit of a drive from phnom penh. We got a taxi for around $50. It broke down near the zoo so we started walking and got picked up by some nice Cambodian university students. A wide variety of animals in the zoo with nice green enclosures. The eagles were in fairly small cages so could not fly. They were mostly injured. It is a lot of walking around the zoo in the humidity. The sun bears were beautiful and the tiger also. There re not many signs or directions sound the zoo so we just wandered around.

Visited October 2012
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Shanghai, China
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“the bear minimum”
Reviewed October 10, 2012

Well worth a visit to get a sense of the fauna of Cambodia--almost everything in the PTWRC is indigenous (the major exception being the lions, left over from when it used to be a zoo over ten years ago). It's not set up for visitors, so the value of Adam & Wathana's Betelnut tour really is quite high (not to mention the place being hard to find). It's a locals' day-out favorite too, so fun to people-watch if a holiday. The star bit is the sun bears and moon bears, and the elephants (e.g. with a prosthesis because of a snare trap or a landmine).

Visited October 2012
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