Anachak Chang Elephant Kingdom 

Overview

1st Visit: 19th Feb 2017
2nd Visit: 8th April 2018

Anachak Chang Elephant Kingdom is located just outside Pattaya. It is possible that this facility is linked to the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm in Bangkok.

 

The facility is rather out of the way and appears to be one of the less visited ones. It offers elephant riding as its primary activity with crocodile feeding on the side. The facility made the news in 2016 due to some rather unsafe tourist rafts that were put in the crocodile lake where the crocodiles were fed and made to launch from the water. This practice does seem to have ceased. There are numerous other animals in the facility, including leopards, jaguars, the crocodiles, squirrels and pelicans. All enclosures, whilst better than most, still remain substandard and ill-kept.

1st Visit: 19th Feb 2017

 

During our visit, there were ten tigers observed of various colourations, including golden, snow, white and the standard orange. They had access to one large enclosure with at least 5 cages around the back for off-display use. Six of the tigers were observed in the outside area, the remaining four each held individually in the off-display cages. It is unclear whether these tigers have access to the enclosure at any time.

 

The enclosure was large (an estimate of 25x15 metres), but not large enough for the number of tigers that were occupying it - 6 were observed. There was a large pond filled with dirty water and plenty of grass throughout but no further vegetation. A cave complex provided both height for lookouts/sunbathing and areas to hide. No enrichment was observed with the exception of a few logs within the enclosure. Researchers classed the enclosure as dirty and poorly kept.

 

Some of the off-display cages were open, allowing the tigers freedom to move between the two areas. The off-display cages looked to be about 4x4 metres. They were concrete-floored with a single platform in each but with no enrichment. Researchers were unable to observe whether water was provided in these areas.

 

The body condition of the tigers was mixed with some looking healthy and others undernourished. Wounds, swellings, hair loss, missing tails and lameness were noted on a number of the tigers. The demeanour of the tigers varied from being friendly and interested to wary and disinterested, though it should be noted that none of them appeared afraid or aggressive.

 

There were no hands-on interactions offered, though there were signs demonstrating cub feeding had occurred in the past and possibly would again if there were cubs born.

2nd Visit: 8th April 2018

 

The second visit offered up much of the same as the first visit. There was no change at all in terms of the living conditions of the tigers. The facility as a whole had deteriorated, possibly due to the fact that the locals appeared to think it was closed and there were no tourists. There were only 7 tigers this time with two of them showing clear breathing issues similar to those found at some of the DNP facilities. The tigers at the DNP had been diagnosed with distemper. As the symptoms seemed to be very similar, it could be assumed that the issue is the same at Anachak Chang Elephant Kingdom.

 

Upon speaking to the staff at the facility, we learned that they were aware of the severity of the situation and had brought in a vet to check the tigers. However, it is unclear how much care they could really give.

How Many Tigers?

Tourist Interactions?

Cages/Enclosures

  • Only one outside area could be seen holding at least six tigers
  • Large pond present though contained dirt water

  • Cave and rock feature to climb and hide in

  • Decent amount of grass but no other vegetation

  • Cages round the back seemed small but contained a platform

  • No enrichment to note

Physical & Mental Health

Physical

  • There were white, snow and golden tigers. These colourations are often created by inbreeding.

  • There were some issues such as short and deformed twisted tails.

  • Body condition was good to slightly overweight

  • Tigers were suffering from illness possibly canine distemper

Mental

  • Caged tigers were pacing. It is unclear whether they are rotated into the fairly decent outside area. Pacing could have been from excitement as staff were around or from boredom.

 

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