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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre

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The Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre’s primary function is to save, rehabilitate and breed endangered, indigenous wildlife and it does this in some 6,000 acres of secondary scrub (also under rehabilitation), 40 kilometres south of Phnom Penh.

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All animals here were rescued from private zoos, markets, hunters and trappers and so on, although with the abundant food and security found here, a large number of wild animals such as macaques and certain stork species have also moved into the area. Additionally as dubious private zoos have closed down Phnom Tamao has inherited several non-indigenous species, such as African lions. While it is described in some literature as a ‘zoo’ that’s simply because they need to encourage locals’ to come visit.

Lesser Adjutants within the centre. Photo taken in or around Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, Takeo, Cambodia by Mark Ord.

Lesser Adjutants within the centre. Photo: Mark Ord

The centre was originally set up by the Cambodia Forestry Department, who donated the land, but it's now managed in cooperation with NGOs such as Wildlife Alliance and Free the Bears. The former, in tandem with the Forestry Department, conduct regular patrols in protected areas such as Rattanakiri and the Cardamoms and there’s a constant flow of rescued and injured wildlife into the centre.

Phnom Tamao at last count housed more than 1,000 animals from more than 100 species, many of which are categorised as endangered or threatened. (The combined Asian brown and Malaysian sun bear population now stands at more than 150.) This creates a huge strain on limited resources, with funding reliant on donations, entrance fees and limited government ... Travelfish members only (Around 1,000 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre
National Route 2, Tro Pang Sap, Takeo Province

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