Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Attraction National Road No 2, Tro Pang Sap Village, Tro Pang Sap Commune, Ba Ti District, Takeo Province, Cambodia ‎ Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours 30 mins
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM
09:00 AM
11:00 AM
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5.00 USD

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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Cambodia is home to over 1200 animals rescued from the illegal widllife trade and cared for by Wildlife Alliance in cooperation with the Forestry Administration.

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Why Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center is special ?

This wonderful wildlife sanctuary for rescued animals is home to gibbons, sun bears, elephants, tigers, lions, deer, ginormous pythons and a massive bird enclosure. They were all taken from poachers or abusive owners and receive care and shelter here as part of a sustainable breeding program. Wherever possible animals are released back into the wild once they have recovered. The centre operates breeding programs for a number of globally threatened species.

The sanctuary occupies a vast site south of the capital and its animals are kept in excellent conditions by Southeast Asian standards, with plenty of room to roam in enclosures that have been improved and expanded over the years with help from international wildlife NGOs. Spread out as it is, it feels like a zoo crossed with a safari park.

What to explore at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center?

The centre is home to the world’s largest captive collections of pileated gibbons and Malayan sun bears, as well as other rarities such as Siamese crocodiles and greater adjutant storks. Other popular enclosures include huge areas for the large tiger population, and there are elephants that sometimes take part in activities such as painting. You’ll also find a walk-through area with macaques and deer, and a huge aviary.


Cambodia’s wildlife is usually very difficult to spot, as larger mammals inhabit remote areas of the country. Phnom Tamao is the perfect place to discover more about the incredible variety of animals in Cambodia. If you don’t like zoos, you might not like this wildlife sanctuary, but remember that these animals have been rescued from traffickers and poachers and need a home. Visitors that come here will be doing their own small bit to help in the protection and survival of Cambodia’s varied and wonderful wildlife.


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How to get to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center?

Phnom Tamao Zoo is situated in Tro Pang Sap village, about 35km southeast of Phnom Penh. It is easily accessible from National Road No 2, and a five-kilometre trail off the main road leads to the zoo. In addition to buses, motorized rickshaws are available from the capital to reach here. To get better idea about the residents of the zoo, you can hire the services of English-speaking guides.


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Selling points

  • “Unforgetable experience !!!”
  • “One of the highlights of Cambodia”
  • “A lot of fun and survival”
  • "Beautiful place and happy animals”
  • “Great work by wildlife alliance”
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Duration
2.0 days
Estimated
61.41 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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National Road No 2, Tro Pang Sap Village, Tro Pang Sap Commune, Ba Ti District, Takeo Province, Cambodia ‎

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  • You should bring a bottle of water with you and snacks.
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  • A krama helps to cover your head from the heat.
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  • Have good book if you plan to read on the tuk tuk. If not, bring your iPod or music playlist with you to listen on the ride.
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  • Bring your camera and make sure it works (mine had problems halfway).
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  • Go to the toilet before you ride the tuk tuk. It’s more convenient for the men to go to the loo (anywhere along the road) compared to the women.
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  • Go early in the morning, before it gets too hot.
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  • You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
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  • You should wear sunscreen or a hat..
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  • Wear a mask as the roads out from Phnom Penh can be a dusty one.
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  • Enjoy the scenery which changes from the city centre to province, agriculture and traditional village homes.
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The behind the scenes tour is an absolutely fantastic experience, worth the $$. Walk with elephants, play with primates, all rescue animals

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Yes, Cambodia has exciting places to visit, but while traveling it's nice to take a "kindness break" now and then, and recharge your mental batteries (which can get run down with all the stimulation). Phnom Tamao was one of those places for me. I would suggest the Wildlife Alliance tour, where you not only see some rather rare and increasingly endangered species, you can also experience a love and gentleness that can be obscured while traveling. I don't know what it was, but going on a gentle walk with Lucky the elephant, softly scratching a grateful gibbon's back, being bounced on by a group of curious monkeys, and seeing the efforts to rehabilitate injured animals was a highlight of a very successful tour of Cambodia. It will be with me long after the adrenaline of other activities has faded.You'll see many great animals but this is a charitable endeavor rather than a classic zoo focused on showing off the animals. Because their health and safety is important, all the animals may not be available all the time, but the ones that will be available should make up for it. The highly-suggested organized tour requires some advance notice (you can do this online or at your hotel). The staff educated children about safety and education issues and watched them nicely (they also guard your belongings if you area away from the van). My group had a senior, young couples, and a family with children below 10 -- everyone said they thoroughly enjoyed it, so it's a trip for kids from six to ninety-six.It was especially reassuring to see this humane endeavor in a country which is hardly a rich one.

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I liked the idea of this park (taking care of rescued animals) and wanted to see for myself. But since I couldn't find anyone to book a tour with me (minimum is 2 people) I just rented a scooter and went there myself. This way of course I didn't get up close with elephants but I didn't mind.The way there is a bit of a stretch (90minutes one way) but once your outside the city traffic flows pretty easily. Entrance fee was $5, if you wanna feed some animals, bring your own bananas or buy them there for a bit more then on the market.There was a lovely young women named Any who speaks a good amount of English (the money I paid her goes partially into her English classes) who showed me around the park for a few dollars, that was quite fun!So if you're by yourself or on a budget, I'd say drive there yourself and take a look, it's a nice day trip.

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Great experience for any one love the wild life. All the staff are doing a great job there and I love the Lucky, the elephant is a sweet lady that you can give her bannana and enjoy with her. Everybody is so friendly, from the staff to the animals. I also had a nice walk next to Lucky in the forest and she is so fast and quiet. I also play with 4 small amazing little monkeys. Unforgetable experience. Highly recommended for people that truly appreciate the wildlife.

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Yes, Cambodia has exciting places to visit, but while traveling it's nice to take a "kindness break" now and then, and recharge your mental batteries (which can get run down with all the stimulation). Phnom Tamao was one of those places for me. I would suggest the Wildlife Alliance tour, where you not only see some rather rare and increasingly endangered species, you can also experience a love and gentleness that can be obscured while traveling. I don't know what it was, but going on a gentle walk with Lucky the elephant, softly scratching a grateful gibbon's back, being bounced on by a group of curious monkeys, and seeing the efforts to rehabilitate injured animals was a highlight of a very successful tour of Cambodia. It will be with me long after the adrenaline of other activities has faded. You'll see many great animals but this is a charitable endeavor rather than a classic zoo focused on showing off the animals. Because their health and safety is important, all the animals may not be available all the time, but the ones that will be available should make up for it. The highly-suggested organized tour requires some advance notice (you can do this online or at your hotel). The staff educated children about safety and education issues and watched them nicely (they also guard your belongings if you area away from the van). My group had a senior, young couples, and a family with children below 10 -- everyone said they thoroughly enjoyed it, so it's a trip for kids from six to ninety-six. It was especially reassuring to see this humane endeavor in a country which is hardly a rich one.

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The behind the scenes tour is an absolutely fantastic experience, worth the $$. Walk with elephants, play with primates, all rescue animals

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