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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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+855 95 970 175

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Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

this place is amazing..if u love animals u must go here and see the wonderful people that make this place possible. I met the most amazing beautiful animals and learned their stories, I fed some of these animals, some I got to pet, some I...More

1  Thank megs081
WildlifeRescueTours, Interactive Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thank you for your glowing review! We are so happy that you enjoyed your time on Wildlife Alliance's behind-the-scenes tour, we could not accomplish our conservation goals without the support of generous donors such as yourself! Kind Regards, Nicole.

Reviewed 30 April 2016 via mobile

If you have the chance go! It is totally worth it! Great place and great people. The guides know so much about the animals and you really can see that they care for this animals.More

Thank Juliane N
WildlifeRescueTours, Interactive Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thank you for your positive review, Juliane! Our guides will be happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at the center, and that their love of the animals showed through. We hope you visit us again if you are ever back in Cambodia! Kind...More

Reviewed 30 April 2016

It was the highlight of our time in Phnom Pehn. It is really impressive how they treat animals. The experience is really a dream for people who has not being arounf Elephants and monkeys. We had a walk with a lovely Elephant female called Lucky....More

1  Thank Israël M
WildlifeRescueTours, Interactive Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review of your experience on Wildlife Alliance's behind-the-scenes tour! Vuth and I really enjoyed introducing you and your partner to our animals and our work. Thank you for supporting our projects by joining the tour...More

Reviewed 26 April 2016

We had such an amazing experience feeding elephants and playing with baby monkeys! The best part was that this was a wildlife refuge and not a zoo, and the goal is for the animals to eventually be released back into the wild. I would HIGHLY...More

1  Thank Sunbumfal
WildlifeRescueTours, Interactive Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thank you for your review and recommending our behind-the-scenes tour of the rescue center! Meeting and interacting with our elephants and the troupe of energetic baby monkeys are always big highlights for our guests, we are so glad you enjoyed the day! Thank you for...More

Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

We had an amazing day at the Wildlife Rescue Centre. I am almost certain that we will never have the chance to join an elephant for its morning walk again or have the cutest baby monkeys hopping all over us. It's plain to see that...More

Thank john h
WildlifeRescueTours, Interactive Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thank you, John for your review of Wildlife Alliance's behind-the-scenes tour! Walking through the forest with our female elephant, Lucky is always a unique experience, even for our staff! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the day and are so grateful for the generous...More

Reviewed 20 April 2016

I've participated in the Behind the Scenes tour of Wildlife Alliance several times in the past and, as always, they did not disappoint. Despite the fact that the animals in the rescue center change as some are released or moved into release prep stations, there...More

Thank Graydon22
WildlifeRescueTours, Interactive Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thank you for your informative and positive review, Graydon! I know that Emma and Vuth had a wonderful day with you as well. Thank you for your continued support of our work, and we hope we can introduce you to even more animals next time!...More

Reviewed 16 April 2016

It was a priveledge to take part in the VIP Behind The Scnes tour with Wildlife Alliance. The close encounters we experienced like walking with Lucky the Elephant and feeding the Macaque monkeys were highlights. A very informative tour learning about the rescue and rehabilitation...More

1  Thank amandamc2014
WildlifeRescueTours, Interactive Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thank you for your review Amanda, we are so happy you enjoyed your day with us! We could not accomplish our conservation goals without generous individuals such as yourself, thank you for your support! To keep up to date about Lucky and other animals you...More

Reviewed 13 April 2016

Between 1 and 2 hours from Phnom Pehn, this amazing place receives visitors from all around. Saying this, we were highly impressed that it's not that touristy. They do limit the group numbers and the backstage visitors, minding the protected animals. It was an awesome...More

1  Thank Joana B
WildlifeRescueTours, Interactive Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2016

Thank you for your positive review, Joana! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the behind-the-scenes tour with Wildlife Alliance staff and we hope that the troupe of cheeky baby monkeys did not get your clothes too dirty! Thank you for your generous...More

Reviewed 12 April 2016

We done the VIP tour and got to see behind the scene and wow these guys do an outstanding job. The tour was so cool we are a family 2 kids 15/11 and had so much fun. with out a doubt feeding the baby monkeys...More

1  Thank suttontony
Reviewed 8 April 2016

Having seen A TV programme a few years ago when Sue Perkins attended the sanctuary and encountered the sun bears, this was an absolute must for our trip. Free the bears is a NGO which is situated within the sanctuary. I booked directly through Free...More

1  Thank Roniandg
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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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