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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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An Amazing Day

Firstly be sure to book the 'back of house' tour, even though it costs US$150 it is well worth it... read more

Reviewed 19 August 2016
PeterCruskall
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Melbourne, Australia
Far but ok

So this place is far from the main city and don't make my mistake of taking a tuk tuk all the way... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2016
Augustine F
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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
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Reviewed 19 August 2016

Firstly be sure to book the 'back of house' tour, even though it costs US$150 it is well worth it. You will get up close and personal with Lucky the Elephant and numerous other animals and learn so much about these wonderful animals. I won't...More

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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 September 2016

Thank you Peter for taking the time to write a review of our tour! Vuth and I loved introducing you to our rescued animals and sharing their stories. Know that 100% of your donation goes straight back to the animals! Thanks again for supporting our...More

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Reviewed 18 August 2016

So this place is far from the main city and don't make my mistake of taking a tuk tuk all the way cause the heat and the dust will exhaust you if not the slow pace of travel. You should combine Tonle Bati along with...More

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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

If you're in Cambodia this has to be a priority for things to do. I went along sceptical about how the animals would be treated having been to several sanctuaries in other counties and not being impressed and thinking them more of an over glorified...More

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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescue Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2016

Thank you so much for your glowing review Felicity! It was a real pleasure having you on our tour and we are happy that you had such a wonderful experience. Know that your donation has gone directly to help the animals and we cannot thank...More

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Reviewed 13 August 2016

We were met by Lucky the elephant with whom we shared a walk whilst we fed her. We were shown many animals including Sun and Moon Bears, Clouded Leopard and the very, very rare Hairy Nosed Otter. We saw babies and massaged a pileated gibbon!...More

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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2016

Thank you Denise for leaving us a review! By joining our behind-the-scenes tour you are supporting all those wonderful animals that you met and many more in need. We couldn’t do all we do without the support of generous guests like you! Thank you.

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Reviewed 12 August 2016

Went with a lot of school kids.Didn't really see a lot of animals! Maybe we were too noisy or the animals were snoozing.Plenty of walking, though.

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Reviewed 12 August 2016

My boyfriend and I paid for the private full day at the rescue centre. It was such an incredible experience and I would do it all again if I went back to Cambodia. The animals are truely taken care of and there is no creulty...More

Thank Michelle E
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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2016

It was great to have you both on our tour and we thank you for your wonderful review! It is the generous support of guests like you that allow us to continue to rescue, rehabilitate and release Cambodia's illegally trafficked wildlife. Thank you!

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Reviewed 11 August 2016

Best „zoo” I’ve ever been to. The animals are allowed to mingle with each other (and tourists). There are very few places where you will see monkeys teasing a hunting crocodile, shake hands with a makak or dodge a wild boar. The best part is...More

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Reviewed 6 August 2016

Although this visit is very expensive with the Wildlife Alliance (and perhaps there could be some way to offer a reduction - for example this cost us the equivalent of one weeks' salary as NGO workers on local salaries) all the money goes to supporting...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2016

We booked a private tour through the Wildlife Alliance. It was absolutely fantastic. It was actually our 30th Wedding Anniversary that day and our guide - Emma - made it so very special. I cannot thank her enough. To walk with and feed the elephants...More

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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

What an amazing experience this was. Can not highly recommend the tour booked the the wildlife organization enough. The guides were excellent and so knowledgable and took care of us so much even when half way during the day we found out our flight that...More

Thank Kylie S
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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2016

Thank you so much for your review Kylie. It was lovely to have you on tour with us and we are happy you enjoyed the experience so much! You know, I think it was a stroke of luck that your flight was cancelled as you...More

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Elyse S
9 June 2018|
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Response from Wildlife R | Property representative |
Betelnut Jeep Tours is a private business running tours at the center, their tours do not include any behind the scenes access, but they have over 10 years experience at the park and know the stories and personalities of the... More
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Felice S
28 May 2018|
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Response from Wildlife R | Property representative |
Yes, we currently have some resident Pangolins. However please keep in mind these animals are nocturnal and the park is only open from 8am-5pm, so it is extremely rare to see them out and active during open hours. The only... More
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Lizzy G
5 February 2017|
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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
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