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.
How Many Tigers?
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
Physical & Mental Health
No overcrowding of areas
Body conditions - good
No injuries noted
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
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.