Care for Rescued Wildlife
When our Wildlife Rapid Rescue Team rescues animals from poachers, traffickers, markets or restaurants, those that are healthy and suited for return to the wild are released into appropriate habitat in protected forest and other areas. However, many of the rescued animals are injured, sick or too young for life in the wild and need the help of our specialists at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center (PTWRC) to aid in their recovery and rehabilitation. Wildlife Alliance ensures that the rescued animals receive proper medical attention and care prior to their release. No animal is ever turned away, including those that need long-term care and protection.
At Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, Wildlife Alliance animal husbandry specialists, veterinarians, and care takers assist in the feeding and care of animals and operations at this government-run facility set over 6,000 acres of regenerating forest. The Center currently houses over 1,200 animals from 102 species including Asian elephants, tigers, Pileated gibbons, Siamese crocodiles, Malayan sun bears, among many others. All of the animals living at PTWRC have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade or are victims of habitat loss — without a berth at the rescue center, they would all be dead.
Young male elephant, Chhouk, is an example of the care that an injured wild animals receives at PTWRC. When we first found him he was extremely thin and sick and seemed unlikely to survive. We transported him to PTWRC with the help of the WRRT. Our skilled vets healed his seriously injured leg. We then contacted the Cambodian School of Prosthetics and Orthotics, who created a prosthesis in replacement of the limb Chhouk lost. Chhouk is now thriving as a happy, healthy adolescent elephant bull. As a permanent resident at PTWRC, Chhouk story provides a learning opportunity for visitors to witness the brutal effects of wildlife trafficking.
Since arriving at PTWRC ten years ago, Wildlife Alliance has worked assiduously to improve the wildlife enclosures, standards of animal care and medical treatment to help transform the center into one of the leading wildlife rescue centers in Southeast Asia. The partnership between Wildlife Alliance and the Cambodian Forestry Administration has produced a rescue center where animals can thrive, breed, and successfully raise their own young. Approximately 300,000 Cambodian and international visitors visit PTWRC each year to see the rescued wildlife and learn about conservation efforts in Cambodia. Visitors enjoy an unparalleled opportunity to view dozens of Southeast Asia’s most endangered and vulnerable animals.
For more information about our Care for Rescued Wildlife program and Wildlife Rehabilitation Station visit www.wildlifealliance.org
At PTWRC we provide the best possible care for these rescued animals. As a rescue center we do not have control over numbers, and animals arrive on a daily basis. No animal is ever turned away and $5 goes a long way to help care for them. $5 provides nutritious food for one of the many animals that reside at the Center, including endangered animals like otters, gibbons, lemurs, and pangolins.
Located less than an hour outside the capital city of Phnom Penh, The center provides visitors an unparalleled opportunity to view dozens of Southeast Asia’s most endangered and vulnerable animals, including tigers, elephants, sun bears, leopards, and gibbons.
The Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center is open to the public every day of the year. Entrance is $5 for international visitors and 2000 riel ($0.50) for Cambodians.
To get to the Center, you can get a taxi from Phnom Penh for $35.
An interactive guided tour of Phnom Tamao, including transport, entrance fee, close encounters with the animals, and a traditional Khmer lunch can also be arranged by contacting [email protected]
What To Bring
- Sunscreen and a hat
- Comfortable shoes and clothing that can get a bit dirty or wet
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