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“Bear/Wildlife Sanctuary”

Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center
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$121.00*
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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.
Reviewed July 11, 2013

We learnt a lot about the bears and the sanctuary's efforts to rescue bears from poachers. The staff were friendly and took a lot of trouble to explain everything to us, they even arranged for my daughter (a vet student) to accompany their vets in their rounds.

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Reviewed July 7, 2013

As there is not a whole lot to do in Phnom Penh, I highly recommend you visit the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. It is easily one of the most fun things I have done in my travels of Southeast Asia. Make sure you book a tour with Wildlife Alliance. This is the only way to see and do things normal visitors to not and gives you the most rewarding experience. All the proceeds go directly towards helping the Wildlife Center, and the tour guides (I had Tori and Vuth) are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. I cannot recommend this tour enough. Book your tour with Tori (evansv@online.com.kh) and check out their website! http://www.wildlifealliance.org/page/view/383/wildlife-tours

Thank Zachariah M
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

As we were going to Cambodia, we decided to have a look for wildlife tours and found this little jewel. Our guide for the day was Emma. She was brilliant throughout and one of the best things about the tour is the educational value of it. It is clear that these people are making a difference and the animals in their care now get the attention they need and some of the stories of the animals hardships are truly harrowing. While such a side is a sad aspect to the former lives lead by these animals, it is very clear that they are now very happy under the care of the people working here. One of the first things that struck me when I arrived was that the animals came first. While the tour is designed to lead to as much interaction for the tourist as possible, the safety and care of the animals is their number one prerogative and so it should be. One of the main focuses of this trip is the elephants. We were able to get up close with these elephants walking alongside them and seeing them bathe and even getting a tshirt painted on by one of the elephants. We were brought inside to see where the tigers rest, While obviously your not in with them, thank god lol, you get some great shots of them up close in the resting area. We also went to the nursery area where there is a plethora of baby animals all waiting there for your viewing. We were allowed to venture into the baby monkeys sanctuary and feed them which was a great experience. There are anything but shy and to have two or three of them crouched on your shoulders while nibbling away was really a great experience. We saw hundreds of animals all day, the list is endless. All in all, the highlight of my trip and something i would definitely do again.

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Phnom Tamao WRC T, Rescued Wildlife Tours at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

Thanks for such a positive review Eoin, we had a great day with your group as your interest and excitement was infectious!

Our animals really do come first and it's great when guests can see this special relationship! We are so glad to hear the care taken by the staff and guides to keep the animals safe physically and mentally is respected and well received by our guests.

We are glad you made it to the centre during your short stay and would love to see you again! We look forward to being able to introduce you to new animals and show you some of the changes that have been made possible by your support.

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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Check out the Wildlife Alliance webiste so you can book the BTS tour, our guides Emma and Vuth picked us up in the morning and it was a wonderful, amazing experience. We first arrived and met 2 of the elephants, they were so friendly and beautiful, fed them some bananas and walked with them so we could watch them as they took a bath in the pond. Then we saw a lot of animals, including tigers who we met and watched for half an hour, and some endangered species, later we met Lucky the elephant, we fed her too, she painted our tshirts, we walked with her in the Jungle and watched her took a bath, it was amazing just walking with her in the jungle. Later we met Charly and his fellow monkeys, it was amazing and funny, at first we were a little bit scared to go inside with the monkeys, but once we started feeding them we just had a lot of fun... We loved every minute of our day at this amazing place, but of course the monkey and elephant experiences were the best of it... Thankyou Emma and Vuth for everything you taught us. Definitely a MUST !! and the best thing is that the money you pay goes to a great cause !!! They really take care of the animals and it's an amazing job they do there.. Don't Miss It !!!!

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Phnom Tamao WRC T, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2013

Hello to our Travelbuddiee from Mexico!

Thank you for your review, we had a great day with you and your daughter. The monkey and elephant encounters are often the highlights and so different. Lucky and the girls are calm gentle giants, while the monkeys jump all over you! We are very glad you enjoyed your day.

Thank you again for your donation and support, we are very excited about the changes that are now possible at the park!

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We took the tour run by wildlifealliance.com. It was a behind the scenes tour of the wildlife rescue organisation. My personal highlights were feeding and having a t shirt painted by the humanely trained elephants. Proceeds of the fee go to supporting the wildlife rescue program which includes release programs or caring for the animals At the centre if release is not an Option. This is not a typical zoo. Definitely for animal lovers :)

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