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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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Full Day Trip to Takeo Province from Phnom Penh
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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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Met be three tour guys all amazing, sebade was great good fun and spoke lovely English. We got up close with one elephant called lucky and also met luckys keeper. She was happy well looked after and fantastic to meet. We then went on to...More

Thank brooksa133
WildlifeRescueTours, Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your review. I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience at Phnom Tamao! The elephants do love their treats and the monkeys are always so much fun! The otters are so comical to watch, always full of energy and running around!...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another great day with the family loved greeting to see lucky again and all the other animals at the park once again great staff very knowledgeable and made our day very enjoyable, so much packed into the day including a great lunch just loved getting...More

Thank Suzi1211
WildlifeRescueTours, Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your positive review! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at the park for the second time! Every tour can be different so I hope you had a new and exciting experience, while saying hello to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a long, dusty road to get here, but it's definitely worth the trip if you like animals. The zoo is spread over many acres with large enclosures for the wildlife. Staff presence is minimal so you are free to wander around. Self-styled 'guides' might...More

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WildlifeRescueTours, Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your support and your review. I am sorry that you weren't able to hire an official guide to show you around the park. Unfortunately as they have other responsibilities in the park they are not always available. The park is quite large...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived at gates and paid the $5 US. You can buy fruit and treats for the animals before you enter the animal zone. Don't worry, the vendors will find you. LOL I bought $20 US. worth of goodies. They all love bananas ..... lmao...More

1  Thank chefdano49
WildlifeRescueTours, Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your time at the park and that you were able to feed some animals treats! As you mention signage is not always available, and to get the best experience I do recommend that our visitors...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is referred to locally as the country's only zoo. There is a $5.00 entry fee for foreigners ($1 for Cambodian citizens) and I suggest hiring a guide for $15.00. It is easily possible to wander through without the guide but it is great to...More

Thank 57txtraveler11
WildlifeRescueTours, Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your positive review. I am very happy to hear that your felt your guide had valuable information regarding the animals who stay at the park. Thank you for your support!

Reviewed 31 July 2017

We did a behind the scenes day with the charity, Free The Bears and I highly recommend it. Our fantastic guide, Ronnie has worked at the park for 10 years, so there is no better person to take you around for the day and tell...More

1  Thank Darce1286
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

There's something for everyone here. It's a wildlife rescue centre whose work is focused on saving, rehabilitating and if possible releasing back to the wild animals who were being neglected, abused or trafficked. We were taken on a VIP tour by two guides whose knowledge...More

Thank ACCE43
Reviewed 23 July 2017

We were collected from Phnom Penh and driven to the wildlife centre, stopping to buys"treats"( pineapple, lychees, corn & peanuts) for the animals on the way. As we drove through the gate, we were tasked with spotting Lucky the elephant, and there she was !...More

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WildlifeRescueTours, Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2017

Thank you so much for your review and your support. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time in the Park. Kate does amazing work and we are lucky to have her! I will pass on your kind words! Safe onward travels!

Reviewed 16 July 2017

I worked as a volunteer here for free the bears organization for a week in January 2016. I think the basic idea is great.. a wildlife rescue center for multiple animals. I would like to highlight especially the enclosures and conditions for the bears that...More

1  Thank DonataSirke
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I signed up for the tour with Wildlife Alliance and it was great! They pick you up in a central location in Phnom Penh and drive you to the wildlife center. You are able to walk around and see the animals up close on the...More

1  Thank Aida C
WildlifeRescueTours, Conservation guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thanks for your review and support Aida, I will pass on your kind words to the guides! Safe onward travels.

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Lizzy G
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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
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Leila T
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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
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Imad N
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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
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