Chiang Mai to host animals after closure of Bangkok’s Dusit Zoo

The schedule closure of the Dusit Zoo in Bangkok will see its some of its animals transferred to Chiang Mai Zoo for temporary hosting.

Dusit Zoo, currently the oldest operating zoo in Thailand, opened to the public in Khao Din Park in Bangkok’s Dusit District, adjacent to the Royal Palace and Parliament House in 1938 following a land grant from Rama VIII. The land had previously been a private garden built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V).

The zoo, which hosts over 1,000 animals, has seen better days with concerns about animal welfare behind the decision to close the zoo Aug. 31.

300 rai of land in the Thanyaburi district of Pathum Thani has been donated by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (Rama X) for a replacement zoo but construction is yet to begin.

In the meantime, the existing animals are being distributed to zoos throughout the country. Along with Chiang Mai Zoo, zoos in Khao Kheow, Nakhon Ratchasima, Songkhla, Ubon Ratchathani and Khon Kaen will be housing the animals until such time the replacement zoo has been built.

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