Khao Pratap Chang Open Zoo
Khao Pratap Chang Open Zoo is directly across from the Department of National Parks (DNP) breeding facility of the same name, where a large number of the Tiger Temple tigers now reside. The Open Zoo offers free access to the public (donations welcome) and houses a number of different animal species rescued by the DNP, such as a camel, various deer and the two tigers.
1st Visit: 23rd Feb 2017
First Visit: 23rd February 2017
The single cage containing the tigers was along similar lines to those found within the breeding facilities. It was fully enclosed, including a roof, so the tigers could roam around it at will. The front section was the "natural" enclosure area and had a sandy, dirt-based substrate on the floor measuring roughly 3x8 metres. There were logs and pieces of wood placed about the enclosure, some looking as though at one point they had held a platform. There was also a large pond in one corner. At the time of the visit, this was empty, but it appeared that staff had just finished cleaning the area and were filling this up. There were three small sleeping rooms, roughly 4x4cmetres leading on to the main area. The two tigers cohabitated and seemed to be well-adjusted to their life. They were interactive and friendly with both staff and the researchers. However, one was displaying the same harsh breathing problems as seen in the Tiger Temple tigers at both the government facilities.
For the most part, the cage was very basic, lacking enrichment and not catering to the needs of the tigers in terms of welfare.
Subsequent attempts to visit failed due to the zoo being closed, possibly because of the disease/breathing issue of the tigers. However, DNP staff still report two tigers residing there.
How Many Tigers?
One outside area only with three separate night rooms attached
Night rooms measured 4x4 metres
Outside area 3x8 metres
Outside area contains a pond and gravel and earth substrate
No enrichment items to be seen
Physical & Mental Health
One of the tigers was suffering from a similar breathing issue to the one the Temple tigers had begun to suffer since arriving at the DNP facilities
No stereotypies noted
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.