At Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center animals rescued from Cambodia's illegal wildlife trade get the care they need to recover. Most are released into protected habitat after rehabilitation. Animals unsuitable for release are provided a permanent home. Captive-breeding programs for rare species enable animals to naturally bond and mate. New generations are released to bolster wild populations or to reintroduce species at sites where they were wiped out, such as the Angkor Temple Complex.
Animals rescued from Cambodia's illegal wildlife trade that have suffered injuries need specialized care to survive and recover - and some require expensive, lifelong care. Phnom Tamao is home to more than 1,200 rescued animals from over 100 species. Every month, newly rescued animals arrive and rehabilitated wildlife is released. No animal in need is ever turned away, including those such as Chhouk, an elephant who lost his foot to a snare as a calf and now walks with a prosthetic shoe.
This project increases survival rates for rescued animals through proper medical attention and quality care. Under the care of the Centre's dedicated veterinarians and keepers, animals thrive on natural diets in large enclosures within a 6,000 acre forest. Suitable animals are released in protected areas. Individuals that require lifelong care are given a permanent home. Captive-breeding programs for threatened species ensure their offspring can be reintroduced to found new wild populations.
Your donations ensure rescued Cambodian wildlife is properly rehabilitated and either provided permanent sanctuary or released into well-protected habitat. Without the Centre, these animals would not survive. Released animals support the long-term recovery of wild populations. The Centre is visited by ~300,000 Cambodian visitors annually, fostering appreciation for their native fauna and demonstrating how wildlife should be treated humanely, in contrast with the cruelty of local zoos.