Dusit Zoo

Dusit Zoo, or Khao Din Zoo, is the zoo in the centre of Bangkok and, as such, it did not inspire much confidence in visiting. Most zoos housed in capital cities tend to be lacking and have no room to expand. It's also the oldest zoo in Thailand, opening in 1938 and built by King Chulalongkorn. In 1954, the zoo was transferred to the Zoological Park Organisation (ZPO) and has since improved dramatically over the years from the original Victorian style barred cages of the past. The visit to the zoo was a pleasant surprise. There are 1300 animals within the park, most of whom live in decent enclosures with enrichment items and food suited to their individual needs.

As of September 2018, Dusit Zoo has been closed with the animals all moved to other ZPO facilities.

Overview

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How Many Tigers?

Tourist Interactions?

Cages/Enclosures

  • Each area comprised of an outside area and also a hidden den or night room at the back end of the enclosure

  • Each contained a pond or a moat for bathing all filled plentifully

  • Plentiful grass and natural vegetation

  • Contained natural enrichment, scratching posts and pulley systems for food enrichment

  • Caves and some platformed areas to climb

  • Very spacious areas

  • No overcrowding

Physical & Mental Health

Physical

  • No overcrowding of areas

  • Body conditions - good

  • No injuries noted

Mental

  • No pacing to be observed

  • Natural behaviours such as scent marking, sniffing, patrolling territory, sleeping and eating were all observed. All positive natural behaviours

  • Tigers appeared relaxed and at ease with surroundings

 

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