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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

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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Best Experience in Cambodia!

I can't recommend Phnom Tamao highly enough. As an animal lover, it was so refreshing to visit a conservation centre focused in endangered species and also releasing animals back... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2016
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

I can't recommend Phnom Tamao highly enough. As an animal lover, it was so refreshing to visit a conservation centre focused in endangered species and also releasing animals back to the wild. I did the behind the scenes experience and although it was $150, all profits go to the centre and animals. Also, you get so much more access than... More 

Thank Em137
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Reviewed 29 March 2016

The behind-the-scenes tour offered by the Wildlife Alliance was amazing! The guides - Emma and Chun - are extremely dedicated to the animals' welfare; and were attentive and informative to all of us on the tour too. The animals have all been rescued, and are treated completely humanely (i.e., no elephant riding or other animal exploitation). Besides seeing many animals,... More 

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 28 March 2016

It is far from the town, but it is worth it. specially with kids. It was one of the best experiences in Cambodia for our family.

Thank Kristian Bánkut... Ø
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Reviewed 27 March 2016

This place was brilliant, might seem a little expensive but is worth it for sure. Our guide was super friendly and knowledgable and the access given to us was second to none, tour group was full of great people too!

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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 

Thank laurakbrady
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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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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 

Thank Richard L
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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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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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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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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