Visiting The Chaing Mai Zoo In Thailand

luzcypher @luzcypher
· October 2018 · 5 min read · #photography

Just west of the Chaing Mai University at the the base of the Doi Suthep mountains is the Chiang Mai Zoo and Aquarium, a 200 acre (81 hectares) zoo established in 1977. I'm not a big fan of zoos but when I was having lunch at a nearby place and heard a lion roaring in the forest my curiosity got the better of me. I spent a day visiting the place and snapping pictures.

The animals seemed well cared for and like most things in Thailand it was inexpensive. Covering the huge, forested property along its winding roads and bubbling streams felt more like walking in the woods than being at a zoo facility. Like the rest of the city this place was noticeably clean without a speck of litter, not even a cigarette butt.

One could easily spend an entire day here meandering through the forested paths, listening to the sounds of birds and wild animals, stopping to enjoy the views of nature.

Here are some shots taken with a Canon T7i using a 18-135mm lens.

Hippos like to yawn a lot

There something about hippos that fascinates me. Their gentle grace seems to defy gravity as they tiptoe slowly across the ground like astronauts wearing bulky spacesuits, but once they're in the water their agility is multiplied and their true grace is revealed.

The sound of this lion roaring is what caught my attention and lured my to the zoo. The tone of a lion roaring reverberates deep in your bones, commanding attention. Every animal in the zoo was noticeably on alert each time he cried out. What was he roaring about? The two female lions in the pen next to him, of course.

This lions roar echoed through the mountains and sent chills down my spine

Lionesses at the Chaing Mai Zoo in Thailand

Mountain sheep are master rock climbers who also seem to defy gravity the way they navigate the steep cliffs. Goats have the same ability. If the shit ever hit the fan and we had to survive on the land again a goat would be my first choice of animal to raise. They can pack 40-lbs over the steepest terrain, eat just about anything, produce wool, milk, cheese, and meat. They make great companions.

Mountain Sheep are the worlds greatest climbers

This manicured garden across from the Aquarium was so beautiful I had to stop to take in the scene. It felt good to sit after hours of walking and the serenity of the place quickly recharged my energy.

Beautiful gardens at the Chaing Mai Zoo

More gardens

Prairie dogs are common in North America. I've seen lots of them before in their native habitat but it was odd seeing one here in Thailand. He kept his eye on me too and I wondered if he was thinking the same thing about me as I was thinking about him. "What are you doing in Thailand?"

There were lots of varieties of monkeys and apes at the Chiang Mai Zoo but it wasn't easy getting good shots of them with my camera. This was the only decent shot I was able to take. It came out pretty good and made up for all the poor shots I took.

Of all the animals I feel sad about seeing in cages, monkeys and birds make me the saddest. Perhaps because monkeys are so much like humans the feeling of empathy is strongest. I've seen more wild monkys than caged ones in my travels and there's no denying the difference in the animals state of mind.

Like most kids I fantasized of having a pet monkey growing up, but once you see Wild monkeys in their natural state keeping one as a pet seems cruel.

I once did a midnight, full moon monkey rescue in Mexico, releasing a group of monkeys from their cages and returning them to the wild. Maybe I'll do a post about that story and tell you all about it.

Monkey in a tree

Asian black bears

Chill spot in the park

It was fun seeing the zoo and perhaps will return when my friend comes to Thailand later this year. As far as zoos go this one was pretty remarkable for its natural beauty, cleanliness, and good vibes.

Thanks for reading my post and looking at my images. I hope you'll join me in my adventures as I travel through Thailand. Here's some more posts you may enjoy.

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Zoos can be sad places and it's good to hear this is one of the better ones. Its good for people to experience more of nature, but the animals have to be well cared for.

The history of this zoo is interesting and you can read more about it on Wikipedia.

In 1950 the US government sent military advisers to train tribal police along the border of Thailand. Among them was Harold Mason Young, son of American missionaries, who had been born in Burma. Young started helping injured animals, and his collection started getting visitors. The Chiang Mai provincial government set aside 24 acres (9.7 ha) at the base of Doi Suthep, the mountain immediately adjacent to Chiang Mai, and the facility was opened to the public in 1957.

When Young died in 1974, the property was taken over by Chiang Mai Province. The zoo was expanded to its current 200 acres (81 ha) footprint, transferred to the Zoological Park Organization under the patronage of the King of Thailand, and opened as the official zoo of Chang Mai Province in 1977. source

Yehey @yeheyOctober 2018


Sayem @sayemsonaiOctober 2018

Very attractive zoo with nice animals. Have a nice tour.

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