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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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US$121.00*
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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
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

After visiting the depressing, heartbreaking sites, the Wildlife Rescue Center is a must do for all. Each day, animals that have been trafficked in, abandoned or injured in the wild are saved and kept in the center for rehabilitation purposes. Once they are physically and...More

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Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

It was listed on Lonely Planet and the reviews from Trip Advisor are mostly positive, so I decided to go. We went with a Tuk Tuk and it's true that it's a long bumpy way but not a problem for us. On the way we...More

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Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

A must do. Brilliant, wonderful and amazing. We had a fantastic time with our informative and friend dedicated guides and the beautiful happy rescued animals. I cannot describe the joy I felt getting to interact with these wonderful animals whilst knowing that my visit helps...More

Thank Emma S
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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued wildlife guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2016

Thank you so much for your glowing review Emma! It was a real pleasure to have you guys on our tour and watching you interact with the animals with such ecstatic joy certainly made our day too! We couldn’t do all we do without the...More

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Reviewed 7 July 2016

We had an exceptional experience at the Phnom Tamae Wildlife Rescue Center. We met many animals and learned about their stories of recovery. Our guides shared their knowledge and experiences with us. It was amazing to learn about the animals and the realities of their...More

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Reviewed 25 June 2016 via mobile

We booked the $40 tour through Betelnut Tours. We got to the park via a mini bus instead of a jeep, as it was a very hot day. Our guide Sam, she was great. She didn't act like just a guide, but it was like...More

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Reviewed 24 June 2016

The wildlife tour at the Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center was one of the highlights of my trip to Southeast Asia! While one of the more expensive tours I booked, the experience was worth every penny. The staff members who drove me from Phnom Penh...More

Thank Emily J
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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2016

Thanks for your review and kind words Emily, it was our pleasure introducing you to our ambassador animals! 100% of our donation goes straight back to the animals and we greatly appreciate your support!

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Reviewed 18 June 2016

I had asked our guide to see a gamepark and local wildlife. And what did he do? He took us to a zoo.This zoo allegedly is also a bear- and elephant sanctuary, and rescue centre for other wildlife, a one-hour drive south of town. Phnom...More

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WildlifeRescueTours, Manager at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 July 2016

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with a review. I am sorry you were disappointed seeing animals in cages rather than in a game-park like setting; unfortunately it is very difficult to see Cambodia’s wildlife in its natural habitat, as many species...More

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Reviewed 17 June 2016

We booked a tour through Wildlife Alliance- I have to admit I almost didn't because of the price, but trust me the tour is worth every penny! The guides were so knowledgeable, not just about the animals in their care who they obviously have deep...More

Thank LST83
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Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

My husband and I booked a tour through Wildlife Alliance and loved every minute of it! They took us through Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue park, a sanctuary for animals that have been rescued from trafficking and abuse, and are then given rehabilitation and reintroduced into...More

Thank Chch_Mel
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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2016

Thank you so much for your glowing review! You guys were a real pleasure to have on our tour and we are happy you enjoyed the day so much! I know our elephants would have loved getting their belly rubs just as much as you...More

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Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

The park itself is pretty spread out and not the easiest to navigate. That's because it's not a zoo, it's a rescue center... which is really extra reason to do the behind the scenes tour with Wildlife Alliance!! Air conned van, expert guides who work...More

Thank Phil M
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WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued Wildlife Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2016

Hello Phill, thank you very much for kind review. We are happy that you had amazing time on our behind-the-scenes tour! You are right, we are a rescue center and we can’t thank you enough for supporting our work by joining our tour where 100%...More

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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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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
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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
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