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“Very Good Zoo”

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.
Beijing, China
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73 reviews
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“Very Good Zoo”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the zoo. The animals all looked very healthy and happy. We bought bananas and sugar cane and fed the elephants.

There is not much signage around the zoo so you have to look for the big signs and find your way around but its a nice walk. Alternatively have your driver drive around the zoo with you as its a big place.

I loved having lunch in the little huts with the hammocks, that was the highlight for me.

Visited October 2013
Thank Ewoker
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Phnom Tamao WRC T, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review, October 31, 2013
Thank you for your review, it is great to see a Phnom Penh local visiting! We are glad you had a great day and got to feed the elephants. I hope you took advantage of the hammocks for a siesta.

It is a large but lovely area to walk around and we are currently working on a map and signage for the enclosures to help visitors make the most of their trip. We hope to see you again!
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Marble, Colorado
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“Amazing time!!!”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

A friend of mine and I decided to take the day trip with the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, participating in the behind the scenes tour with Tori from Wildlife Alliance and I am so glad we did!! I've been living in Phnom Penh for a few years and never knew that there was this amazing opportunity so close to the city. We had a great time with Lucky the elephant. I loved seeing all the different animals and learning about what the Wildlife Alliance does for the animals in Cambodia. Getting to spend time with the monkeys, feeding and playing with them was AMAZING. At the end of the tour we had the rare experience of feeding 2 week old leopard cat babies!! It was an experience I'll remember for a lifetime!!

Visited October 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Amazing experience!”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

We had an amazing experience visiting the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, participating in the behind the scenes tour with Tori from Wildlife Alliance. From Lucky the elephant, to the lovely lunch, and then feeding the monkeys, we enjoyed every second of the tour. You get to meet numerous animals throughout the tour who have been rescued from trafficking or poachers. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who loves animals and cares about making a difference in their lives. I've been to many "rescue" centers before, and Phnom Tamao was by far one of the most authentic, inspirational places to visit. Do go there, you won't regret it!

Visited October 2013
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Guisborough, United Kingdom
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“Grand Day Out”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

Booked through Betelnut. They managed to provide us two and four other tourists a tour on a Monday though I think they don't usually provide them Mondays, just open for people to come and walk around themselves however, having Adam as our tour guide was invaluable for spotting animals and the information he gave us was excellent.

We were collected from the Lazy Gecko cafe and piled into the back of an old army jeep (it's about an hour and a half drive out of town) which was quite uncomfortable yet very memorable when it rained later!

Adam guided us through the park explaining why each animal was residing at the centre and it's great to see that there are loads of breeding programmes going on with the animals being regularly released into the wild.

It was great to meet a lot of smaller animals that probably get bypassed a lot of the time such as civets, squirrels, porcupines, snakes, bats and birds.

A lot of the information about how the animals came to be here was saddening to learn and yes some of the enclosures are not as large as one would hope but with new funding from certain tours hopefully they will be able to expand. I understand that these certain tours are interactive for the tourists however perhaps some of the animals should be more hidden away - the crocodiles for example, seeing children poking sticks at them and disposed rubbish in their enclosures was very sad to see but this is no fault of the centre staff - perhaps educating parents to respect wildlife would help them to encourage their children to do the same. Some of the poor Sun Bears looked dreadfully depressed and I feel that tourists can get too close to their habitats thus disturbing them, possibly throwing food into the enclosure for entertainment purposes is the reason the bears "dance" at the fence when people are nearby?

A lovely and impressively large lunch was provided by Adam's wife which was a really nice touch.

After lunch we saw some of the more endangered larger animals such as the tigers and elephants. I was glad to see that people can no longer get close to the elephants and disturb them.

There's some brilliant work going on here I just hope the Wildlife Alliance funding continues so the work can.

Thank you for a very detailed insight into Cambodian wildlife protection.

Visited September 2013
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Sihanoukville, Cambodia
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“Good and Natural place to visit”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Phnom Ta Mao is located in Tropiang Sap Villag, Tropiang Sap commune, Bati district, about 40 kilometers south of Phnom Penh, off National Road No. 2. Turn right at the sign and travel another 5 kilometers down a dirt trail. The site features mountains, the biggest national zoo and ancient temples. There are five mountains at this site - Phnom Tamao, Phnom Thma Dos, Phnom Pdaov Pun, Phnom Chhoy and Phnom Bang. The entire site covers 2,500 hectares, most of it is the protected forest area. The Ministry of Agriculture's Department of Foresty has taken over 1,200 hectares for planting trees and the zoo.

Phnom Ta Mao National Zoo covers 70 hectares and is under the supervision of the department. It features 84 varieties of birds, quadrupeds and reptiles. The animals, which include alligators, elephants, lions, tigers and bears, were collected by the Ministry of Agriculture. Some were recovered from people illegally trafficking wildlife in Cambodia.
Nice and clean.quiet fresh air it look like ask a our world. free and easy.

Visited August 2013
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