Amari and Lori taken to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

November 10, 2018 - Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

No news is good news and both Amari and Lori are getting on with the task at hand, which is their continuing recovery. Lori is getting good exercise outside of her enclosure and really loves her grooming sessions with the keepers. She can see quite well now and is getting about nicely. Amari loves getting visits from our guides who always sneak her a few extra treats! She’s not overly fussed with her active and sometimes noisy neighbors and is quite happy just relaxing in between her meal times!

November 3, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

We’ve received many inquiries recently about when Amari and Lori will be placed in an enclosure together. Even our Director spoke to our nursery team this week about this subject, and he was very satisfied with their response. The nursery team does not believe Lori is strong or coordinated enough yet to be placed in a larger enclosure. At this point in time, they do not wish to risk potential further injury. We appreciate all of their fans want to see them reunited, as do we, however even our Director defers to the experts, our nursery keepers, when it comes to the care of all of our infant primates. So, for the time being, we will all just have to continue to wait!

October 27, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Lori Update

Still coming along and leaps and bounds little Lori is doing well. It’s great to see the progression in her condition as she goes from moving around her enclosure at the ground level only to now climbing up and down the branches placed inside. Occasionally she still slips and falls, which is why it’s important she builds her strength and coordination in a smaller enclosure first before we consider moving her.

Amari Update

No new diagnosis updates yet. She’s been provided with parasite control and some vitamins and is still undergoing some further diagnostics. Despite this, the team is still happy with how she’s progressing and she certainly seems content as long as she’s receiving regular meals! Despite loving all of her afternoon snacks, as seen here in this video, it’s become quite evident she’s not a fan of sweet potatoes as she drops these on the ground for the Keeper’s to clean up!

October 19, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Amari Update

As always, Amari is happily stuffing herself with all food presented to her! Here she is enjoying her ‘monkey breakfast’ a meal of peanuts, sweet potatoes and a bit of rice to provide extra carbohydrates and protein and encourage foraging behavior! She still has not put on weight despite a well balanced and nutritious diet and is undergoing further diagnostics. Despite this, she is still bright, more and more comfortable with her surroundings! We will keep you updated on her condition.

Lori Update

Lori’s tail injury is fully healed and the hair is starting to grow back. She is getting regular exercise outside of the enclosure under the close supervision of staff. Her strength and coordination continue to improve. The caretaking staff is very happy with her progress. Lori would like to pass on her thanks to her adoring fans for your continued support!

October 3, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

The girls are both doing really well! Lori’s cognitive function continues to improve daily and she is now communicating with the Keepers. Her tail is still healing and quite sensitive, however, the vets are happy with the progression. Amari’s voracious appetite shows no signs of diminishing and we’re starting to see her put on weight and body condition, which is a good sign. She’s very keen on inspecting anyone who approaches her enclosure, mostly checking if you’re bringing treats!

September 29, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Amari & Lori FAQs

1. Lori’s eyesight. It appears to be improving. We suspect her loss of sight was associated with her head injury rather than her eyes themselves. Fingers crossed for further recovery.

2. Amari & Lori sharing enclosures or being housed next door to each other. This is not currently possible. Given Lori’s current condition she is not strong enough to be in a larger enclosure like Amari or the same style of enclosures next to her. Perhaps in the future, only time will tell.

3. Lori sharing an enclosure with other juvenile Macaques. This is also not currently possible given her condition. We do not want to risk any possible further injury or any undue psychological stress. Again, perhaps in the future, this may be possible. We will continue to assess as she progresses.

4. Visiting Amari & Lori. For the foreseeable future, both girls will remain in our nursery section which is not accessible to the public. This is to ensure they are receiving round the clock care from our dedicated nursery keeping staff. We will keep you posted if or when this changes.

Day to day they both continue to improve, grow stronger, and we are very happy with their progress thus far. Both girls are very sweet and you can see their relationship with the keepers evolving as they build trust and become familiar with them.

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September 26, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

While Amari is not 100% blind, her other senses are starting to accommodate her vision impairment and she is relying more on her sense of smell. She still has a voracious appetite and continues to demolish all of her meals! Lori’s tail is healing well and while she has lost a little from the end, many Macaques manage to survive in the wild even without a tail, so we’re confident this will not hold her back. Both girls continue to improve and build their strength daily and we’re happy with their progress thus far.

September 18, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Good news! Today, Amari and Lori’s caretakers reunited the two for a short period of time to monitor their interactions. The mother and daughter were happy to be in each other’s company again. Because Lori is still recovering from her serious injuries she will need to remain in her separate enclosure for her safety until she regains her strength and her condition improves. She continues to get lots of love and devoted care from her keepers and will hopefully be reunited with her mom soon.

September 17, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Lori is blind and has impaired movement due to the brain injury, however, she is continuing to get stronger every day, feeding herself and moving about the enclosure. Our staff continues to monitor her progress. Our keepers move Lori inside at night and during the heavy rains to ensure she does not get too cold, providing extra artificial heating if necessary.
Amari’s blood samples confirmed heightened blood sugar levels and our vets are drawing up a treatment plan. She continues to eat all the food put in front of her and is gaining weight, all good signs!

September 12, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

No new major developments in the girls’ conditions. We continue to see small daily improvements as they regain their strength and both continue to be assessed by the Veterinary staff daily. The Keeper’s are doing a wonderful job keeping a very close eye on them, particularly little Lori.
Please note both girls are currently being kept in a section of the park which is not accessible to the public, so they are not currently accepting visitors. This particular section is a staff only section as many animals have not passed quarantine and this is where the most fragile victims, the infants of the illegal wildlife trade in Cambodia, are first received. We appreciate your understanding and we’ll be sure to let you know when they are up for visitors!

September 10, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

The girls are doing well and continue to grow stronger each day! Amari continues to eat her meals and move about her enclosure. We have determined that she is not completely blind. She is curious about the keepers who come to provide her meals!
Lori is also settling well, the wound on her tail healing slowly. She is moving and feeding herself on her own and gaining strength each day though she will need much more strength before she can join Amari in the larger enclosure.
For now, Lori is in a small enclosure so that she does not suffer any falls causing more damage while she heals from the many injuries to her spine and leg.
The girls are close and under constant supervision from nursery staff as they recover.
Let’s hope each day brings them a little more strength!

September 8-9, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Firstly we would sincerely like to say ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone who has donated to Amari & Lori’s care at Phnom Tamao. We truly appreciate your support.

Both girls continue to do well. 
Lori continues to grow stronger every day and we continue to see small improvements in her condition daily, particularly her mobility. She is certainly a fighter!
Amari has settled in very well and is quite comfortable in her new abode. She’s got quite the appetite and we’re pleased to report is happily licking her plate clean at every meal!

Looking forward………it is highly likely that both Amari & Lori will continue to require ongoing care for the rest of their lives. It would appear as though they are unlikely to ever fully recover and as such we will continue to provide them refuge. Our goal at Wildlife Alliance is always releasing, and we are proud to say we are able to release approximately 80% of the animals that are donated to us or confiscated. However not all animals are fit for release back into the wild, due to either physical or psychological conditions, and Phnom Tamao provides those individuals with a safe place to call home. It is likely that both Amari & Lori will become permanent residents however we will be sure to keep you updated on any changes.

Thank you again for your support and also your understanding. We hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend and we’ll be back Monday with the next update!

September 7, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Lori and Amari update: park keepers at the nursery giving the pair some well-needed nutrition from various fruits and vegetables.

Amari climbed the small structures in her enclosure and polished off all of hers quickly; a good sign showing she is comfortable in her new surrounds. Lori, though finding it difficult to feed herself, munched through her food with the help of her carers. We are happy with how the pair is showing good appetites! Hopefully, this will add to their strength, though they still have a long road to recovery.

September 6, 2018 -Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

Our most recent update: Amari is settling into her new home well and a treatment plan for her is being assessed. Her baby, Lori, is still under close supervision from nursery staff to ensure she does not hurt herself any further. Both have healthy appetites however, at this stage, it is too early to tell if Lori will be able to fully recover from her spinal injuries and nerve damage. Our vets have been giving them the best care they can from the moment they arrived at Phnom Tamao.

September 5, 2018

The Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team (WRRT) traveled to the temples of Angkor to rescue a female macaque and her infant, known as Amari and Lori.

The monkeys were donated to the team by a concerned individual who had them under his care after noticing the pair’s poor health and removing them from the forest to care for them.

The WRRT have successfully taken the monkeys to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, where they will be assessed and treated by our veterinary staff. The youngster, Lori, is being provided treatment and is in critical condition. Amari is doing well and has already eaten up the fruits and vegetables provided in her new enclosure. They will remain under 24 hour supervision by our nursery staff. 


If you would like to donate towards Amari and Lori’s care, please make a donation to “Care for Rescued Wildlife and mention the Angkor monkeys in the comments.

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Animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade will get a chance at a new life at our rescue center. Those that cannot be released back into the wild will find a permanent home at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center

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  1. Sally October 1, 2018 at 11:02 pm - Reply

    The girls look great! Thank you!

  2. Babs McAfee October 2, 2018 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Y’all Rock. Very kind of you to address people’s questions. Everyone in all the different roles are busy enough each day to count for two.
    As you can tell many of us are very invested in Lori. I for one find no reason to question your care for Lori or any other little soul in your trust. This organization is being good stewards of God’s creation. I hope to be able to send a donation soon.

  3. William Day October 2, 2018 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you to all the caretakers there at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Alliance Rescue. You are so kind to take in and care for Amari and Lori.

    I think Amari is very happy with the room service at your facility and she loves the young man who brings her the all you can eat buffet every day.
    I apologize for Amari’s poor table manners but I think she is doing better now as she is not going through her food platter like a buzz saw anymore.

    I think by now you have learned that Lori has a powerful, strong spirit. There are those who would have looked at Lori when she first arrived there and said there is nothing we can do…this monkey is hopelessly brain damaged. Look how far she has come in such a short time

    Lori will never give up on herself as long as you don’t give up on her.
    Lori does NOT know how to spell the word ” Fail “……well mainly because macaques are terrible at spelling.

    I live on a very low disablity income but I am mailing today a $20.00 donation to your office in NYC in the name of Amari and Lori.
    I spoke to Jess on the phone at that office and she is very nice and she was very aware of Amari and Lori.

    Bless you all for protecting these beautiful animals.


  4. Alice Holland October 26, 2018 at 9:46 pm - Reply


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