Dusit Zoo

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Dusit Zoo
Bear statue at the zoo
Date opened 1938
Location Bangkok, Thailand
Coordinates 13°46′21″N 100°30′59″E / 13.77250°N 100.51639°E / 13.77250; 100.51639Coordinates: 13°46′21″N 100°30′59″E / 13.77250°N 100.51639°E / 13.77250; 100.51639

Dusit Zoo (Thai: สวนสัตว์ดุสิต) at Khao Din Park is a city zoo in Bangkok, Thailand. Located at Khao Din Park in Bangkok's Dusit District next to the Parliament House and Dusit Palace, it is the oldest zoo of Thailand, built by King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) as his private garden adjacent to the royal palace. After the king's death, the garden was left unattended for years.

In 1938, the revolutionary government asked King Rama VIII's regency to give this park to Bangkok City Municipality to be open as a public zoo. The King donated deer and a number of other animals from the palace for public exhibition. The City of Bangkok operated the zoo until 1954. Since then it has been transferred to the state Zoological Park Organization, which also operates Khao Khiao Open Zoo, Chiang Mai Zoo, Songkhla Zoo and Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo.[1] Dusit Zoo or "Khao Din", spans a total area of 188, 800 square meters,[2] and is regarded as the most popular zoo in Thailand, attracting approximately 2.5 million visitors annually.[3]

Number of animals[edit]

Dusit Zoo is located in the heart of Bangkok, with over 1600 species of domestic and international animals, including:

  • 331 mammals
  • 170 reptiles
  • 842 birds

Zoo Highlights[edit]

Dusit Zoo is home to a wide variety of exotic animals, ranging from monkeys, alligators, kangaroos, and zebras, to penguins, elephants, camels, and giraffes. The Albino barking deer and white Bengal tiger are also rare highlights at the zoo. Play Land offers many rides and amusement facilities to entertain children throughout the day, while boat peddling and the sightseeing train provide different modes of exploration. Dusit Zoo also contains an animal hospital, zoo museum, and educational centre.

Admission[edit]

Dusit Zoo operates from 8am to 6pm.

Fee:

Thai People - 100 Baht for adults - 50 Baht for Teacher, soldier, police (with uniform) - 20 Baht for Children – Vocational Certificate Students - Free of charge for Elderly (60 Years of Age or Above [THAI ONLY]), Handicapped, Monks

Foreigners - 150 Baht for Adults - 70 Baht for Children

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