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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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This place was so great to go to, getting up close to the animals who have endured so much was an amazing thing to do. The guide I had was so friendly and answered any question... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 March 2016
Tahlia M

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

This place was so great to go to, getting up close to the animals who have endured so much was an amazing thing to do. The guide I had was so friendly and answered any question that was taken her way. You could definitely tell she loved every aspect of her job and I cant blame her, I would have... More 

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

Hello Tahlia, thanks for your review, I had so much fun introducing your group to the animals and would have loved the day to last longer too! We appreciate you were travelling on the budget, we are so thankful our tour was your big spend for the trip and proud to hear your great feedback! 100% of tour profits go... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

As a veterinary nurse I am always sceptical about zoos or 'sanctuaries' but after some research we decided to try it and so glad we did. I think when people are visiting they should remind themselves that these animals have been rescued from terrible conditions and often will have psychological problems from previous treatment. Our guide was great and really... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016

I took a taxi from Phnom Penh ($US60 return) and overall the journey probably out-rated the destination because of a driver who was unsure which way to go. The trip probably took twice as long but once there it was worth the visit. This most important thing about this zoo is that it protecting animals that otherwise face extinction if... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

We don't regret a penny we spent on going on the vip / behind the scenes tour. It was an awful lot of money for a family backpacking on a shoestring, but we could see that there is real conservation going on here, and some excellent, enthusiastic keepers taking care of these animals in need. The guides were both very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

One word! - WONDROUS!! This private tour is a must see!! The money goes directly back into the Centre helping the animals and is worth every cent! Our guides Nikki and Chun were absolute pleasures to be with all day. We were a small group of 6 and they took time out for all of us getting to know us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

we maked the trip with Betelnuttours. One can make the trip also with a tuktuk, but a guide who knows a lot of the animals, who can feed the animals, is a must. So you can see most of the animals very active

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

I am very interested in wildlife and was shocked to find this gem. It is expensive as it is too far for tuk tuk, but, well worth every penny. This is a government operated rehab centre for animals that were confiscated because of the illegal pet trade, bear bile market in China, and illegal hunting. If I understood our behind... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

Nowhere during my trip, was my money better spent than on the behind the scenes tour. The proceeds go to rescuing animals. During the tour you get to view and interact with many of the beautiful species that have been rescued and cared for by dedicated staff and funded by previous visitors. I ended up in SE Asia for a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016 via mobile

We did a "behind the scene" tour and was picked up by a mini van in Phnom Penh. Two people from the organization showed us photos and told us about their work and animals during the trip. Really good people that fights for animal rights. The elephants were adorable. We got to meet lots of animals and you could feel... More 

3 Thank Hege K
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016

I was initially quite excited to be going here to see what they're doing for the native animals, but it was mainly bears. Also, a lot of the animals seemed sad in demeanour, and they were having to perform for treats... Probably their only food. Sad!!

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

Hello Lee. We appreciate you taking the time to post us a review! Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center has over 1200 animals predominantly rescued from the illegal wildlife trafficking trade in Cambodia and now call the center home. Of this number, approximately 130 are sun bears and Asiatic black bears, making the center one of the largest bear sanctuaries in... More 

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