Phnom Tamao is a rich area featuring temples, mountains, forests and a wildlife rescue center with over 1,200 animals. Within an area of 2,300 hectares of protected, regenerating forest, 1,200 hectares are dedicated to tree nurseries and 100 hectares for animal rehabilitation and care.
- Opened: 1995
- Area: 24.28 km²
- Hours: Open today · 8AM–5PM
- Phone: 095 970 175
- Number of animals: 1,200
- Number of species: 102
Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center is located 45 km south of Phnom Penh, in Tro Pang Sap village, Tro Pang Sap Commune, Ba Ti District, Takeo Province. It can be accessible as a day trip from Phnom Penh via National Road No 2 and takes about an hour and a half by car.
The largest animal park in Cambodia, Phnom Tamao was established in 1995 to provide a save haven for rescued animals, including elephants, tigers, gibbons, macaques, leopards, crocodiles, and many others who are now cared for by the Cambodian Forestry Administration and a non-profit organization called Wildlife Alliance. Since 2001, over 50,000 live animals have been rescued, most of them by the Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team, an authority created by Wildlife Alliance and the Forestry Administration. Healthy animals are immediately released into a safe habitat, and animals needing rehabilitation or special care are brought to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center for as long as needed.
Over 200,000 people visit Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center every year. It is a great attraction for both local people and tourists, easily visited as a day trip from Phnom Penh.
Behind-the-Scenes Wildlife Tour
Wildlife Alliance now offers a behind-the-scenes tour to interact with the rescued animals and raise funds for their care. The tour brings guests into private areas of the park to:
- Feed, bathe and walk with rescued elephants in the forest
- Receive a new T-shirt and get painted while wearing it, by the humanely-trained elephant Lucky
- Watch the changing of young elephant Chhouk’s prosthetic foot using positive reinforcement training
- Enter the tiger dens and get face-to-face with these highly endangered creatures
- Interact with baby animals at the nursery, an area off-limits to the general public
- Meet other native endangered animals and learn their unique rescue stories
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