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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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Address: National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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+855 95 970 175
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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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US$121.00*
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Full Day Trip to Takeo Province from Phnom Penh
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Meeting an elephant was on my bucket list, so I HAD to come to the wild life alliance. it was a bit expensive..$150 but after experiencing I realize that it is all worth the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 March 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016 via mobile

Meeting an elephant was on my bucket list, so I HAD to come to the wild life alliance. it was a bit expensive..$150 but after experiencing I realize that it is all worth the money. they pick you up in PP and take you about an hour outside of the city. they provide lots and lots of water and an... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

I went to Tamao mountain last weekend with my girlfriend. It was a wonderful trip because we could see different endangered species at there such as Civets, monkeys, iguanas, pangolins, elephants, leopards, otters, deers, birds, sun bears, crocodiles and etc. Tamao mountain is not very far from Phnom Penh, it is just 34 km from the city and at there... More 

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

Thanks for your review Samuel, Phnom Tamao is a wonderful weekend trip for expats and we are happy you made the short journey! It is one of the few places in Cambodia you are likely to see most of these incredible animals, glad you were able to see so many species. We hope you will come back again soon! More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

What the rescue centre does is incredible and love what they do for injured wildlife. But saying that, other than how fun the monkeys were I did get bored through out the day. Granted i didn't pay the $150 to have the vip package behind the scenes access, which probably was a lot better than just visiting the centre. As... More 

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

Thanks for your review and words of support for our conservation work Richard, greatly appreciated. I am sorry you were bored during your visit, there are many free roaming monkeys, deer, wild pigs and free flight birds, and over 1200 animals within the enclosures, many of them endangered species you are unlikely to see in the wild! This time of... More 

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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 

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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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