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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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Fantastic day

Everything is well organised and the guides are great and very informative. It was great to meet... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dorsetbruce
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Poole, United Kingdom
Must do!

My partner and I did the Bear Care Your which involved us learning about Sun and Moon Bears... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Taryn C
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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 2 weeks ago

Everything is well organised and the guides are great and very informative. It was great to meet Lucy the elephant out on her morning walk and get to feed her. Also it was very interesting seeing how Chhuok's prosthetic leg was replaced. There were other...More

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Wildlife R, Tour Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your day and thank you very much for your support!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I did the Bear Care Your which involved us learning about Sun and Moon Bears, preparing enrichment games for the bears and feeding them. We had a lot of fun and learnt so much about issues facing animals in SE Asia. There...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

This was the highlight of my trip to Cambodia! Spent a fantastic day learning about the various animals they care for at the rescue center on the behind the scenes tour. Learned so much about animal conservation, and had some incredible experiences feeding Lucky the...More

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Wildlife R, Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 May 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience at the park! Lucky and the monkeys are indeed a lot of fun. It's impossible to have a bad day when you are surrounded by amazing...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2018 via mobile

I had the most incredible day at Phnom Tamao! The guides were brilliant. They were informative and helpful. It was obvious that they care for the animals and the greater cause. The animal experiences were wonderful, at times it was heartbreaking to learn their stories,...More

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WildlifeRescueTours, Wildlife Alliance Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Hi Jess! Thank you so much for your positive review. I am so glad that you enjoyed your day at the park, and that you found our guides informative and helpful! We definitely have an awesome crew ;) I am very happy to hear that...More

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Reviewed 21 April 2018

I'm so happy that we visited the Tamao Rescue Center while we were in Phnom Penh. We had an excellent guide who told us all about the animals; some back stories in particular were really heart renching and leave you feeling genuinely moved. It has...More

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WildlifeRescueTours, Wildlife Alliance Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2018

Hi Grace! Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your day at Phnom Tamao and that you were able to really connect with your guide! I am glad to hear that it was very clear...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018

We went here with the World Animal Alliance, which I would highly recommend as opposed to going there by yourself or having a local as a guide. "Free the Bears" also does a tour. Even though it is expensive, it was a great day out,...More

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WildlifeRescueTours, Wildlife Alliance Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words. I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed your day at the park and learned a lot about the animals there. You are absolutely correct that it is difficult to navigate the park without a tour,...More

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Firstly lets make it clear, this is not a zoo, it's a rescue centre. A little bit confusing as to who supplies the food to feed the animals, you will be swamped by locals but it is cheap and the enjoyment you get from feeding...More

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WildlifeRescueTours, Wildlife Alliance Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2018

Thank you so much for your review. I am glad you had the opportunity to meet Lucky. She is a great ambassador for Phnom Tamao! I am sorry you felt that the local vendors were a bit much but it seems you understood that it...More

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Reviewed 17 March 2018 via mobile

I did a lot of research on parks to visit in South East Asia and was happy when I found this one here in Cambodia. I have read a lot of reviews on here, especially the bad ones which point out negatives in the form...More

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WildlifeRescueTours, Guide at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 March 2018

Thank you so much for your kind words. I am glad you understood that this truly is a rescue center, and not a zoo. Rescue, rehabilitation, and release are not easy endeavors, and it is only with the support of people like you that we...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2018

Fab - we did the care for a bear excursion for the day. Excellent. Learned so much. Such a worthwhile cause and great fun too.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Went into this trip really looking forward to meeting the rescued animals, mainly the elephants. However the only ones up close were deer and the monkeys, the rest behind cages which I found cruel. I was told they are rescued, kept until full health and...More

Thank Grace R
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WildlifeRescueTours, Wildlife Tour Co-ordinator at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2018

Hello Grace, Thank you for taking the time to write us a review of Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC). I am sorry to hear that your experience of the center did not meet your expectations and I would like to provide a bit of...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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