Pata Zoo

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Pata Zoo
Pata Zoo - panoramio (3).jpg
Hornbills, Pata Zoo
Date opened1983
LocationBang Phlat, Bangkok, Thailand
Coordinates13°46′17″N 100°29′02″E / 13.771305°N 100.484025°E / 13.771305; 100.484025Coordinates: 13°46′17″N 100°29′02″E / 13.771305°N 100.484025°E / 13.771305; 100.484025

Pata Zoo (Thai: สวนสัตว์พาต้า) is a private zoo on the 6th and 7th floors of Pata Pinklao Department Store, Bang Yi Khan Subdistrict, Bang Phlat District, Bangkok between Borommaratchachonnani and Arun Amarin Intersections close to Phra Pinklao Bridge. Pata Zoo has operated since the beginning of 1983, along with the department store.[1] For years it has been the focus of Thai animal rights activists who charge the zoo with inhumane treatment of animals.[2]

Layout[edit]

The zoo is divided into two parts, upper and lower floor:[1]

Bua Noi

Public outrage[edit]

Animal rights activists submitted a petition of 35,000 signatures in September 2014 to Thailand's Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) calling for the zoo's closure and the immediate removal of Bua Noi from the zoo.[7] The DNP responded by declaring it could not withdraw the licence of Pata Zoo as the zoo had not done anything against the law.[8] The DNP director-general argued that the Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act[9] did not forbid animals from being caged in high-rise buildings and, therefore, Pata Zoo did not violate the law by maintaining a zoo on top of a building.[8] The zoo immediately declared its innocence of any wrongdoing.[10]

In March 2015, it was reported that Thai authorities charged that Pata Zoo had broken several laws and ordered the removal of all large animals, including Bua Noi, from the zoo.[4] The zoo refused to free the gorilla and give her to another zoo.[11] As of February 2020, Bua Noi was still in captivity at the zoo.[12][13] Following a fire at the zoo later that year, Gillian Anderson and PETA wrote to the owner and asked that he, "reflect honestly on what life is like for animals there and to come to the decision to close it."[14] At the end of 2020, Cher wrote a letter to Thailand’s environment minister, asking for him to “find it in his heart” to help her with her mission to release the gorilla.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "สวนสัตว์พาต้า". HolidayThai (in Thai).
  2. ^ a b Nathapong, Sam (2015-04-27). "The director of Bangkok's Pata Zoo discusses the future of gorilla Bua Noi". BK. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  3. ^ Thaitrakulpanich, Asaree (26 July 2019). "THAILAND'S LAST GORILLA LIVES IN DECREPIT ZOO ATOP A MALL". Khaosod English. Retrieved 27 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b Kaye, Yasmin (2015-03-14). "Gorilla freed from Thai shopping centre zoo after 30 years in captivity". International Business Times. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  5. ^ "เผยปริศนา! 10 ข้อที่คุณไม่รู้ สวนสัตว์พาต้าและ กอริลลา บัวน้อย". Thai Rath (in Thai). 2015-03-17.
  6. ^ "ดับฝันกอริลลาบัวน้อย พาต้าได้ต่อใบอนุญาต". Thai Rath (in Thai). 2014-09-24.
  7. ^ "Thailand: Campaign to free gorilla from high-rise zoo". BBC News. 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  8. ^ a b "Pata zoo's licence cannot be revoked as the zoo has not breached any law". Thai PBS. 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  9. ^ "CRUELTY PREVENTION AND WELFARE OF ANIMAL ACT, B.E. 2557 (2014)" (PDF). Department of Livestock Development. Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  10. ^ Tipnumpa, Jutarat; Pon, Janjira (2014-09-25). "Pata Zoo fights efforts to move Bua Noi". The Nation. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  11. ^ "Department store prison: No freedom from Pata Zoo for gorilla 'Little Lotus'". Straits Times. 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  12. ^ Saengmanee, Pattarawadee (3 February 2020). "Gorilla in the Mist". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  13. ^ Alberts, Elizabeth Claire (2018-04-19). "Orangutan Is So Depressed Inside Zoo On Top Of Shopping Mall". The Dodo. Retrieved 2019-01-14.
  14. ^ Siobhan Robbins, "Cher calls for Thailand's Pata Zoo to rehome gorilla Bua Noi after 30 years living above shopping centre," SkyNews 10 December 2020.
  15. ^ Jennifer Hassan,"Cher saved the world’s loneliest elephant. Can she free Thailand’s last gorilla?" The Washington Post 10 December 2020.

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