Chiang Mai Zoo
Chiang Mai Zoo, located in the city, is one of eight zoos run by the Zoological Parks Association (ZPO) across Thailand. Each of them maintains a welfare standard much higher than that of any other facility in the country, including those run by the Department of National Parks (DNP). Funded by the Crown, these facilities are the standard against which all others in Thailand should be measured and offer the most species-appropriate environments for the animals in their care.
1st Visit: 6th March 2017
2nd Visit: 21st April 2018
First Visit: 6th March 2017
Only one male tiger was observed. He appeared to be in good health with adequate body condition. However, he was unresponsive to our researchers and constantly paced during the visit. There was one moment where he broke from the pattern, visiting the back of the enclosure to scent-mark, but afterward, he returned to pacing.
The enclosure is a good size for just one tiger and has naturalistic environmental features. These included a small pond, lots of vegetation and greenery, cave features, areas to hide and a log structure wrapped in rope.
There were no staff around to ask how many tigers there were or any other health and welfare questions.
Second Visit: 21st April 2018
There was no change in the enclosure nor in the behaviour of the tiger. This was actually something that raised concerns. On the initial visit, it seemed that the environment was welfare friendly. On the second visit, the tiger's continued repetitive behaviour and unchanged environment indicated this may not be the case. The environment, whilst technically ticking all the boxes, is not giving the tiger a good quality of life or alleviating symptoms of boredom or stereotypy.
How Many Tigers?
The single enclosure that could be viewed was spacious
It offered an open more natural look with only electric fencing and a moat to keep the tiger inside though no water in the moat
Decent amount of natural vegetation
Pond was available with water
Numerous enrichment items including a rope wrapped series of poles
Places for the tiger to hide from the public
Physical & Mental Health
Physical Tiger appeared in good health
- Body condition score was adequate
What we are doing to help
At this time we are raising awareness for the situation of the captive tigers in Thailand through education of the public and through a number of different petitions.
Head to our Petition zone to see how you can help.