Chok Chai Museum

Chok Chai Musuem is a rather bizarre setup which contains a museum and small menagerie belonging to the late farmer and self-proclaimed Thai cowboy Chok Chai. Located in Bangkok's Lam Luk district, it is out of the way for the majority of people. The theme of the small zoo is white, with all animals barring the black leopards being white or albino. 

1st Visit: 15th Feb 2017

Overview

2nd Visit: 4th April 2018

First Visit: 15th February 2017

 

The tiger enclosure was a small one, about 10x5 metres. The cage is directly next to a pair of white lions on one side and a black leopard on the other, though this does not appear to be stressing any of the animals. The cage had a small amount of grass but was otherwise comprised of an earthy substrate. There was a small platform and some roped toys visible. 

 

Malee, the single tigress, was announced to be ten years old. She seemed disinterested in the researchers and staff standing outside, content to spend her time grooming or simply laying and sleeping. She did not appear bored, nor did she display any signs of stereotypy.

Second Visit: 4th April 2018

There was no change at all in the living envvironment and the mental and physical demenour of Malee. 

How Many Tigers?

Tourist Interactions?

Cages/Enclosures

  • Each area comprised of an outside area and also a hidden den or night room

  • Contained some grass and natural vegetation

  • Some contained enrichment items such as logs

  • Overall size was very small

Physical & Mental Health

Physical

  • White tigers are generally inbred though this tigress did look healthy

Mental

  • Seemed very relaxed and interested in her surroundings

  • Happy to perform natural grooming behaviour

 

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.

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