Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chonburi, Thailand
Khao Kheow is a magnificent blend of forests, wild animals, bird aviary and responsible animal management. Sponsored by HM Queen Sirikit, the zoo has grown in size, scope and importance. Internationally recognized for its animal management and operations, the zoo has features that make it a great day trip for the entire family.
More than 300 species and 8,000 animals populate the 5,000 rai About 2,000 acres or 800 hectares sanctuary. Six of the newer residents of the zoo are rare white tigers exchanged by the Memphis Zoo in the USA.
Khao Kheow is described as a "wildlife bank" as many animals are on the endangered species list. The zoo is know for success in breeding some of these endangered animals. One such project is breeding the rare Clouded Leopard. Other endangered mammals at the zoo include the Asian Wild Dog, Malayan Tapir and tiger.
Rare Asian bird species draw bird watchers from around the world. A walk-though aviary has been built on a mountain slope and presents an appealing environment. The aviary is Asia's second largest. Endangered bird species at the zoo include the Black Necked Stork and White Crested Laughing Thrush as two examples
Unique Look & Feel of Nature
Small animals and ecological systems mix into a playground, The environment is designed to stimulate learning. Children can feel comfortable and appreciate nature plus interact with animals.
Night safaris start with a dinner buffet of Thai cuisine. The safari continues with a guided 45 minute tram ride along a 3.5 km route through natural habitats.
See animals such as the tapir, elephant, giraffe, llama, emu and numerous bird species. The tour includes a half-hour Animal Presentation, or talent show.
Wild Cats Park
Originally initiated by the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) under the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN). The area of 40 acres has 48 species of wild cats in 8 enclosures.
The habitats are desert, grasslands, woodlands, wetlands, rocks and mountain plus Thailand. Each area has species natural to the habitat.
Domestic house cats are presented in Thai architectural setting. while a "dark world tunnel"; showcases small & medium-sized nocturnal felines which normally live in tunnels.
A separate and spacious open area features the tiger
Elephant Trekking take a ride on this symbol of Thailand. The experience is unique.
Animal Shows Weekdays 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm; Weekends 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm
Early arrivers can participate in feeding the animals at 9:00 am
Fees Adult Bt 30, Children Bt 5, Vehicle Bt 30, Bicycle Bt 10
Also Available Souvenirs, film, food, auto tram, bicycle rental.
Location A 45 minute drive from Pattaya, the zoo is located at 235 Moo 7, Tumbom Bang Phra, Umphur Sri Racha in Chon Buri Province; and open every day. Tel (038) 298 188 ... Khao Kheow Open Zoo