Update: Cambodia has relaxed its Covid restrictions so add Cambodia to your must-visit list! Our behind the scenes tour at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre is an unforgettable experience, just a stone’s throw from capital Phnom Penh!
Here’s 5 reasons to book a 2022 Behind the Scenes tour at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre:
1. Walk with giants and create some elephant artwork
Do what you have always dreamed of, walk through the forest with rescued elephant Lucky. If she likes you enough after her walk, she might even paint a souvenir t-shirt for you! Hear how all of the rescued elephants came to live at Phnom Tamao.
2. Pileated gibbons, sun bear, clouded leopard, cute monkeys, smooth-coated otters, tigers and much more!
Learn about many different endangered species that are native to Cambodia and the pressures that they are under. Hear the rescue stories of the ambassador animals and hand feed them some treats!
3. Expert Tour Guides
Take advantage of the knowledgeable tour guides, who are there to make your experience unforgettable and answer any questions you may have. Let them know if there is a specific animal you are especially excited to see!
4. Exclusive Access to Cambodia’s biggest Wildlife Sanctuary
This tour is all inclusive of transport, food, drinks and anything else you may need to have a worry free day right from the city.
But don’t take our word for it! Check out our recent reviews on TripAdvisor
We did the "Behind the Scenes" tour, which is priced at $75 per person, and it was worth every penny of thst. We were picked up in Phnom... read more Penh and driven south to the Rescue centre - they were digging roads up so what would normally be 60 minutes was actually 90 mnutes drive.
We enjoyed a full day at the Wildlife Centre, with our guides giving us acces to interact with certain animals (Lucky the elephant) and watch the treatment of some others. The information from the guides was always interesting and lively - informative, enjoyable, eye-opening. And the money goes towards the really amazing work they do rescuing and looking after animals, most of which are released back into the wild.
It's a great day out, and a lot of fun.
alisonsteele2016 March 4, 2022
We have been there one day with family.
We have been lucky to spend full day with Wildlife guide and Lucky and amazing elephant. This is Great Experience and... read more all the Wildlife team is dedicated to protect the Wildlife in Cambodia. Congratulations for What you are doing.
Thank you so much.
T2113ZXjacquesl June 15, 2020
I especially enjoyed all the explanations behind the scenes, like why the animals are there, whats their story. The Binturong was my personal high-light. Didnt even know that animal existed.... read more The prosthetic leg and the huge elephant sock of Chrouk were so impressive as well.
Also: theres really good coffee :)
U137XQmario November 10, 2021
If you really want to make a difference this is your chance! The people working at the sanctuary are very passionate about their job and they take really good care... read more about the animals, they respect and love them.
It’s an impressive thing to see how they interact with the elephants.
I would highly recommend it to all my friends visiting Cambodia!
E5177WRpaulab October 17, 2022
I highly recommend the Wildlife alliance behind the scenes tour. We did this with 3 kids aged 2 to 9 years. The communication and booking process was really smooth and... read more they even sent a reminder 3 days beforehand.
Our kids loved the interaction with the animals and hearing the background stories of their rescue and rehabilitation presented in a really engaging and succinct way by our lovely guides. It was all very organised and well timed with a tasty lunch and relaxation break in the middle as well as plenty of cold water refills and adequate facilities. The highlight for the kids (and us too!) were the baby Macaque clambering on us, being painted on by Lucky the elephant and seeing a rescued tiger up close. We had a great day and the memories will stay with us for a long time. Well worth the money, particularly as all the proceeds go towards the rescue and conservation effort as
NishaS436 August 30, 2022
Don’t miss this unforgettable experience at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre! Book now for 35% off!
Q: If I do not have time to participate in the full tour, can I do a half- day tour?
A: Yes, we can arrange a half-day highlights tour if your schedule does not permit a full day! This works best if you can join in the morning and have until 12PM or 1PM at the center. This will ensure you experience our highlight activities before taking onward transport to your next destination! As the tour operates as a much needed fundraiser- providing the largest source of funds for our animals- we cannot offer discounts for half-day tours. Onward transportation is also at the guest’s expense, however we can help organize private taxis if needed!
Q.Why t-shirt painting?
A. Lucky used to paint t-shirts when the tour first started back in 2014. When she contracted EEHV, a life-threatening elephant herpes virus, we paused the elephant painting experience to allow Lucky to fully recover. We have recently reintroduced the t-shirt painting with Lucky as a form of enrichment to her day. All of Lucky’s training is and always has been conducted using positive reinforcement and this applies to the painting also. This means that, primarily, it is completely up to her if she doesn’t want to paint and secondarily, if she does paint then many yummy fruit treats are given as a reward. The activity only lasts around 20 minutes or so and she only does it when there are guests on the Behind the Scenes or Elephant Keeper for a day tours. We find that Lucky really enjoys the t-shirt painting and meeting the guests and is an exciting activity for her and the guests to enjoy together!
Q: Can I take my own transport and meet the tour at the center?
A: We prefer if guests join our tour van as the ride down gives our guides a chance to explain a little about Wildlife Alliance’s work and their own interests in conservation, as well as an opportunity to get to know the guests! We also stop at a local market to pick-up fruit for the animals before arriving at the center. As we drive between sections throughout the day, our guides also share information about the park! As morning traffic can sometimes be unpredictable, this can also result in guests arriving with their own transport having to wait for us.
Q: Do I have to join the ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour to visit the center?
A: No! There are other tours operating at the center and guests are welcome to visit independently. However, please note that these other options do not give access into our private areas to interact with our ambassador animals!
Q: How do I visit the center independently?
A: We recommend hiring a private car rather than a tuk-tuk as the drive to the center can be quite hot and dusty. A private car can cost 40-50USD for the full day. Ticket entry costs 5USD per adult, and 2.5USD per child. The car can enter the center to drive between sections, as enclosures are spread within 6000 acres of regenerated forest! At the ticket gate there are maps available to help you navigate the center, and you can also request a government-appointed English-speaking guide if there is one available for a donation of 15USD being the norm. They can share stories of the animals and ensure you see the park’s highlights as there is limited signage at the center. The center is open from 9AM-5PM and we recommend visiting in the morning as the animals are more active before the heat of the day sets in!