Established in 1995, Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center is the largest animal park in Cambodia.
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.
About Wildlife Rescue Center
Phnom Ta mao Wildlife Rescue Center is home to over 1,200 rescued animals (over 100 species), many of them endangered due to the illegal wildlife trade and habitat loss. It provides a save haven for rescued animals, including elephants, tigers, gibbons, 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.
Wildlife tour offers a chance 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.