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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
+855 95 970 175

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Reviewed 6 December 2015

Rescue, rehabilitate and release; that is the best outcome for many of the animals that are brought to Tamao Wildlife Rescue. A thoroughly rewarding experience, particularly if you are an animal lover and an animal activist. I mean what better than to know after rehabilitation,...More

2  Thank Karen W
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2015

Thank you for your glowing review Karen! It was a pleasure to meet you and your daughter and show you part of our work. We are proud to say we have rescued over 65,000 animals to date and released around 80% back to the wild,...More

Reviewed 2 December 2015 via mobile

It is clear this organization is doing great things for these amazing animals. Walking with lucky and playing with the baby no lies were highlights of the day!

Thank Tasha H
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2015

Thanks for your wonderful review Tasha. Lucky is certainly an amazing animal and wonderful ambassador and the baby monkeys are always a highlight. Thank you for supporting our work and safe onward travels!

Reviewed 24 November 2015

Looking to get out of the city and visit nature and animals? Head here! It was worth the trip out of the city visit. The rescue center houses elephants, gibins, monkeys, bears and a host of other smaller animals.

Thank Melissa B
Reviewed 24 November 2015 via mobile

The three days I spent at Phnom Tamao with Free The Bears truly changed my life. Such beautiful, precious animals all with terrible stories of cruelty to tell finally in a safe haven where they are loved and treasured and cared for and have everything...More

3  Thank travellinrabbit
Reviewed 23 November 2015

This is definitely more of a wildlife sanctuary than a zoo, with many of the animals in large open enclosures. You can get up close to and feed heaps of the animals including native deer, sun bears and black bears, gibbons and other monkeys. It's...More

Thank Robert D
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2015

Thank you for your kind words Robert! You are absolutely right, Phnom Tamao is a sanctuary for animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trades in Cambodia who are unsuitable for release back to the wild. We never turn an animal away and have around 1200...More

Reviewed 22 November 2015

This is not a zoo. It's a place where animals live in peace and great conditions when there is no option but captivity.They also do rescue and release where possible. This is 1-1.5hrs out of Phnom Penh, you can book through Free the bears and...More

Thank MissT603
Reviewed 22 November 2015

Not far from Phnom Penh, we can make a day tours. It is not go to zoo but you also can help and support animal there.More

Thank EurasieTravelAsia
WildlifeRescueTours, Director of Sales at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2015

Thanks for your review and recommending a visit as a day trip from Phnom Penh to support our work! Both the behind-the-scenes tours with Wildlife Alliance and Free the Bears are fundraising tours for their respective NGO's, meaning 100% of tour profits go directly back...More

Reviewed 20 November 2015

No crowds, close views of the tigers, elephants, bears, and many more animals. Fun for the whole family.

Thank Juan G
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2015

So glad your family had a great day Juan, thank you for supporting our work! Safe onward travels.

Reviewed 17 November 2015

We hired a taxi from Phnom Penh as it took around 2 hours to get there. On arrival you are constantly harassed by beggars on the long drive which was very upsetting. Once the car stopped you are then harassed by people selling bananas for...More

Thank DavidF888
Reviewed 13 November 2015

We were very fortunate to do the back of house tour with Nicki, Emma and their co-workers with Wildlife Alliance. This was not a cheap tour by any means, but the experience to be either close up or hands on with certain animals is just...More

Thank RussellBrisbane428
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 December 2015

Thanks for your glowing review Russell. It was an absolute pleasure to introduce you and your partner to our work and the animals, especially Lucky, your connection with her was clearly evident and beautiful to see! I will be sure to pass on your thanks...More

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Lizzy G
5 February 2017|
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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
9 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
3 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