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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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Full Day Trip to Takeo Province from Phnom Penh
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We got to hand feed elephants and baby monkeys today. And we got a behind the scenes look at other animals as well. The tour was very organized and they timed animal feedings... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We got to hand feed elephants and baby monkeys today. And we got a behind the scenes look at other animals as well. The tour was very organized and they timed animal feedings with our visits. It was so amazing...my hand touched 2 elephants' tongues today!!!! (Yes, it is a pricy tour, but worth it!)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

At first my boyfriend and I were hesitant to book this tour due to the price but it is worth every penny!!! It was also great once we were told that 100% of the proceeds go back to the organization. Our guides, Nikki, Emma, and their associate (sorry, forgot his name!) are amazing. Right from the start you can tell... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We didn't book a tour as they were quite expensive we just took a taxi. What we should have done was paid for a guide $10 approx at the entrance but we were rushed through and just paid the $5 entrance fee. It was a big area to walk around and it's not very well signed. Although I understand that... More 

Thank RealisticReviewerRNB
Sunshine Coast, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see attraction!!! I am visiting from Australia for volunteering with Free The Bears which is apart of the Phnom Tamao wildlife rescue centre and have worked at the zoo for 3 weeks now as a keeper so have seen the whole zoo from the inside out. My first day there I will never forget I was so amazed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The center does in house tours but these were full so we went with Betel Nut Tours (I know that there are others though) and our guide was Sam. She was great with the kids. Kept us together. Told us rescue stories. A very worthwhile day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outstanding in so many ways. Super super day. Handfeed so many different animals, view rare species in natural woodland setting. A vast area, car useful though it's possible to walk between the enclosures. Each enclosure covers several acres/hectares; some (eg deer, hogs, monkeys) you walk through, others (eg bears, crocodiles, elephants, tigers) you obviously view from outside. You need a... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences of Phnom Tamao with fellow independent travelers! You can visit on your own and as you mention, we recommend keeping your car with you to drive between areas, as the enclosures are very spread out to give the animals a natural outlook. We also highly recommend asking if a guide... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the park with the Wildlife Alliance tour a couple of weeks ago and was super impressed. The work that the centre does is vital considering the number of threats to wildlife in Southeast Asia and they do it in a great way, putting the animals' welfare first. To see the way the animals are prepared for return to the... More 

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

Thanks for joining our tour and supporting our conservation work! 100% of tour profits go directly back to helping the animals you met and the many more in need. We couldn’t do it without you – so thank you! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were worried this zoo might be like some of the ones we'd heard of in Thailand/Indonesia where the animals are treated poorly but this is in fact a rescue centre for those that are poorly treated elsewhere. It is all going towards a good cause, and I highly recommend a visit through a tour group because the trip up... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't take the expensive 150$ tour for a family of four and went there by our own car. It a very very average of below average zoo. Too much to walk, not much signs to follow. You sure need the 10$ tour guide (some days you just don't get one). Many cages don't have any animals. We deeply regretted... More 

Thank Anand K
WildlifeRescueTours, Wildlife Tour Coordinatior at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this review

Hello Anand, Thank you for providing us with this feedback. I am sorry that you felt your visit to the center was a waste of time, and I hope that I am able to explain a bit about what you saw during your visit, and some of the conservation work being accomplished at the center! Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really recommend this tour if you are interested in interacting with wildlife with an organization that truly treats animals humanely. I learned a great deal about many of the endangered animals in the area. Also, the interaction with some of the animals was an experience in itself - I did not expect to see as much as I did... More 

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