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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

#5 of 61 Outdoor Activities in Phnom Penh Features Animals
National Road 2 | Takmao Province, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 95 970 175
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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 5 days ago

We were collected from Phnom Penh and driven to the wildlife centre, stopping to buys"treats"( pineapple, lychees, corn & peanuts) for the animals on the way. As we drove through the gate, we were tasked with spotting Lucky the elephant, and there she was !...More

Thank amjlf
Reviewed 1 week ago

I worked as a volunteer here for free the bears organization for a week in January 2016. I think the basic idea is great.. a wildlife rescue center for multiple animals. I would like to highlight especially the enclosures and conditions for the bears that...More

Thank DonataSirke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I signed up for the tour with Wildlife Alliance and it was great! They pick you up in a central location in Phnom Penh and drive you to the wildlife center. You are able to walk around and see the animals up close on the...More

1  Thank Aida C
WildlifeRescueTours, Conservation guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review and support Aida, I will pass on your kind words to the guides! Safe onward travels.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There may well be an associated section of this place that is the 'Wildlife Rescue Centre' and from what I understand a tour through that section is very interesting although apparently costly, but the main area is a Zoo. Definition of zoo plural zoos 1...More

1  Thank DavidPurcell15
WildlifeRescueTours, Conservation guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi David, Thank you for taking the time to provide such a detailed review and advice for other visitors! We are happy you were able to visit and enjoyed seeing the animals, especially the elephants and wild monkeys, they are always up to something and...More

Reviewed 10 June 2017

I could not more highly recommend Phnom Tamao. It's a beautiful wildlife park with tons of different Cambodian animals that are being well cared for and prepped for release back into the wild, if possible. However, go with a guide, preferably Wildlife Alliance! Otherwise, your...More

Thank jimmypat1985
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued wildlife guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review and advice to other travelers. The tour with Wildlife Alliance does get you access behind the scenes and past the fences to see the work that is going into rehabilitating animals and caring for permanent residents! We are working on...More

Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Probably the one and only oldest zoo, I could remember. Great place tov enjoy on weekend. Be aware of weather though as the zoo don't have roofing. It about 42km away from phnompenh. So if can rent a moto for a fun ride along national...More

Thank chanto c
Reviewed 7 May 2017

We visited the Tamao Zoo after visiting the Chiso Mountain. Once we reached, some locals will sell food to feed the animals. I bought a bag of sweet potato which was used to feed the monkeys, deers and elephant. The place was quite big, we...More

Thank yohfng
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued wildlife guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us and other travelers. Currently we don't have many signs up in English so you don't get to hear the personal stories of the animals without a guide, this is something we are working on changing this year...More

Reviewed 6 May 2017

Have a great day interacting with the animals and know that your money is going to a good cause - saving wildlife from illegal trafficking and someone's dinner table or medicine chest (with much suffering in the process). These people rescue the animals, rehabilitate them...More

Thank Janet H
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued wildlife guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Dear Janet, Thank you for your review and support, 100% of profits from your tour go directly to keeping more animals off dinner plates and out of medicine cabinets, and back to the wild! We couldn't help as many as we do without your donation,...More

Reviewed 2 May 2017

Lots of monkeys! They're everywhere, roaming free.....and locals trying to get you to buy food for the animals. Lots of bears, with some heartbreaking stories of where they were rescued from. The place is doing good but it needs a lot of help. Interesting but...More

Thank Dood50
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued wildlife guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Thanks for sharing your experience, we are glad your family was able to visit Phnom Tamao to see the animals. Our goal is always to release animals, with many of the free-roaming monkeys you saw being originally rescued from the illegal wildlife trades and released...More

Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

The best thing I did in Cambodia! Spend the extra money on the VIP tour and you will get to feed elephants and monkeys. The guides were extremely knowledgeable and they are doing amazing work. The VIP tour includes transport to and from the center,...More

Thank soberunner
WildlifeRescueTours, Rescued wildlife guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 June 2017

Thank you so much for your glowing review and for supporting our conservation work! You donations make our work possible and we love introducing you to the animals it has helped, we hope you can visit again. Safe onward travels, Emma

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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