zebras at Safari World
|Date opened||February 17, 1988|
|Land area||1650 rai|
Safari World is a sight seeing in Bangkok, Thailand that consists of two parks named Marine Park and Safari Park, operated by Safari World Public Limited. The park was opened in 1988 with a total area of 480 acres (190 ha) for its open zoo and 180 acres (73 ha) for its bird park. A major renovation to enhance effectiveness of land use began on April 17, 1989 and its total area developed for the leisure park now consists of an open zoo and a marine park on 500 rai (approx. 200 acres) of land.
On February 1, 1994 Safari World increased its registered capital from 759 mil baht to 1,500 mil baht and changed its name to Safari World Public Company Limited. Later, it was accepted by the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) to become the first and only entertainment park to be listed on Thailand's stock market on February 16, 1995.
Safari Park is about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) long. A drive through the park takes about 45 minute. The ultimate safari experience features hundreds of animals from all over the world. There are a lot of wild animals, including tigers and lions. There are daily tiger and lion feeding shows.
The Marine Park houses a vast spectrum of animals of land, sea and air. The attractions are Jungle Cruise river ride, a water flume ride through the jungles of Africa and Asia, 7 exciting shows daily, spectacular Spy War action stunts, water skiing, dolphins, Hollywood cowboy stunts, birds, orang-utan boxing, and sea lions, hundreds of exhibits featuring white tigers, fantasy carp garden, tapir kingdom, crocodile garden and many more.
There has been controversy about Safari World due to the keeping and treatment of animals in the zoo. Their operation came under much international scrutiny when their treatment of animals, particularly, orangutans and elephants, and keeping lion and tiger cubs in cramped cages for taking photos with. The treatment of Orangutans came under the attention of Jim and Allison Cronin, founders of Monkey World and avid animal rights campaigners and other animal rights groups such as PETA, as well as being featured in a 2013 episode of the British animal rescue show Wildlife SOS for this reason.
- "Elephants forced to walk across metal tightropes in Thailand tourist attraction". dailymail.co.uk (London: Associated Newspapers, Ltd.). 4 November 2010. Retrieved 26 January 2011.
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