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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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Address: National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Phone Number: +855 95 970 175

With over 1,200 animals including elephants, tigers, bears, gibbons,...

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 *please note we are currently experiencing difficulties with our online booking system, please email us to make a booking!).

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. 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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The Best Birthday Ever!

Visited with The Wildlife Alliance & paid to do their behind the scenes tour. Absolutely worth every penny & a definate plus knowing that all your money goes back into this place... read more

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited with The Wildlife Alliance & paid to do their behind the scenes tour. Absolutely worth every penny & a definate plus knowing that all your money goes back into this place & helping to fund the fabulous work they do. Such an amazing experience getting up close & personal with elephants and monkeys. Kate, Mut & Sawadee (apologies for... More 

Thank Jannerlilly
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

7 of us from a larger group decided that this was one experience we didn't want to miss in Cambodia! At first we were sceptical of the price as the Australian dollar didn't convert in our favour however, we were so thankful to have spent the extra money to have a hand ons experience with so many beautiful animals! Our... More 

Thank Janaya N
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I usually never wrote comment on tripadvisor but i have to do it! If you have never been to à zoo, want to show animals to your Kids, go to the circus and save money. You can go and pay around 45 $ ( transport included)into hostel. We let à lot of money to à place which doesnt follow our... More 

Thank Elise C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the place to go for animal lovers. From the interaction with the animals down to the food at dinner and everything inbetween everything was amazing. Emma our main guide who took us round was so interesting to listen to and easy to ask questions she answered all the questions we had. The interactions with the elephants were amazing.... More 

Thank Sarah S
Carterton, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We did the behind the scenes tour when we visited in January - what an amazing experience! Emma was an excellent guide and clearly loves what she does. Highlight for me was meeting Lucky - wow!

Thank Lisa G
Neuchatel, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I would just like to clarify my title - expensive is for a budget traveller. This area of the world is so cheap, if you are not on a shoestring budget, you can afford a "splash out" activity and this should be it. What you get with this tour: - A tonne of information about conservation and wildlife from absolutely... More 

3 Thank Kamarate
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you for ‘splashing out’ and joining our tour! We couldn’t do all we do without the generous support of guests like you! It was a real pleasure introducing you to our rescued animals and sharing their stories. We hope to see you again some day! More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were skeptical about going here because we were worried about what conditions the animals would be living in. But it turned out that the sanctuary was very spacious and the animals seem very well looked after. We had been considering going here and when a tuk tuk dinner approached us and mentioned he could take us there, we decided... More 

1 Thank Angela F
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Although hesitant at first due to the price (as other tours offer cheaper choices) this one offered by Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre is the only official, behind-the-scene experience. Just the fact that you go through "staff only" gates, that there is no sense of being hurried (unless it is baby monkey feeding time!) and the animals recognise your guides... More 

Thank neale64
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you Neale for your positive review! We had a very entertaining day with you joining our tour and we are happy you enjoyed it as much as we did! Your smiles said it all! Thanks for supporting our conservation work here in Cambodia, if you are ever back in town, do come visit us again! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

My family did the behind the scenes tour and it was worth every cent. The rescued animals are so well cared for and the insights we were given really were an experience of a life time. Being able to be so close and touch some animals made it a very moving experience. We absolutely loved Phnom Tamoa, I would make... More 

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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Hello Sue! Thank you so much for the recommendation and for sharing your experience of our behind-the-scenes tour! We are happy that you and your family had such a special day meeting and connecting with our rescued animals. We know just how unforgettable all our animals are so please feel free to keep up to date through our facebook page! More 

Kampot, Cambodia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We had a very interesting day visiting the rescue center. The staff there is involved more than 100%, they are passionate and that what make the tour so nice. We felt it really worth it to spend the money on such a cause and have a wonderfull time as well.

Thank SarahRijsel
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Thank you Sarah for joining our tour and for taking the time to write us a review! Know that your donation has gone directly to helping the animals and we honestly cannot thank you enough for your support! More 

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