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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 30 December 2015 via mobile

The wildlife reserve will not be the best you've seen but it's a huge first step in educating locals about the animals and creating awareness. My family and I were involved in being a bear keeper for a day and enjoyed the entire experience from...More

Thank janliu
Reviewed 30 December 2015

Even though the Behind the Scenes tour is US$155 and seems expensive, you have to remember that this is NOT a zoo but instead is a wildlife RESCUE CENTER. I completely agree that all those who wrote bad reviews were "visitors" expecting a zoo experience,...More

1  Thank lovejezelle
Reviewed 24 December 2015 via mobile

First of all, it isn't a zoo it is a wildlife rescue center. Any poor review I have read below is written by those who didn't do their homework or were too ignorant or uneducated to ask questions while they visited. Second, and more importantly,...More

2  Thank Fletcher W
Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

After a long hot ride in our tuk tuk. .it was wonderful to see the Free the bears work..rescued elephant's along with many other animals..for a small centre run from volunteers and donations it is a must. Remember its NOT a developed country zoo but...More

1  Thank Carolin M
Reviewed 20 December 2015

We had a great time on the Phnom Tamao Tour (Day-trip to a Wildlife Rescue Center) with Betelnut Tours. Seeing the animals, getting the chance to feed and pet them was fun and interesting. The guide did a nice job telling us about the center...More

1  Thank RebeccaIndy
Reviewed 15 December 2015

we booked a special tour, where we were able to have a look behind the scenes, which was very nice. we could go into the tiger dents, as well as in a nursary section of the wildlife rescue center... the guide did an awesome job!!!...More

1  Thank 696janz
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2015

Hello Janz, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback, I am sorry you did not feel the tour was worth the cost. As you mentioned, this tour is a fundraiser and 100% of tour profits go directly back to our...More

Reviewed 14 December 2015

After seeing temple after temple during my long stay in Cambodia, it was like a gush of fresh air getting to see a different kind of tourist attraction. On top of that, it was also refreshing to see the amazing biodiversity the country has, even...More

Thank danielyabu
Reviewed 14 December 2015

I have visited many such places around the world. Staff were great and overall tour was well-done, though the hand-feeding of the elephant and monkeys was a bit too touristy for me. The juvenile monkey feeding could have been magical but the introduced "alpha" monkey...More

1  Thank Osdanuwati
Reviewed 12 December 2015

I had just returned from Mondulkiri to visit 2 elephant conservation centers so was interested in visiting the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center. The $158 p/p seemed kind of steep for a 1 day visit but it was my last day to do something around...More

Thank Joanne A
Reviewed 11 December 2015

We booked the day tour with the wildlife alliance as 100% of the cost goes back into their efforts in rescuing and rehabilitating endangered wildlife. They also run the tour with the welfare of these animals at the top of their priority list at all...More

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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
Leila T
8 April 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
2 February 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