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Posted by shaungt08 on 1/7/2013 at 14:31

I have been reading reviews for different zoo's in the Surat Thani province and I have seen various people claiming that after you visit the zoo you will feel sad for the animals as they don't seem very happy and their cages are far too small for them, is this true? I really want to visit a zoo and have my picture taken with one of the tigers

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Posted by CaptainScott on 1/7/2013 at 15:09

I've never been to a Thai zoo, but I have read some worrying reports about them. I guess standards vary greatly and your best bet would be to go to a sanctuary rescue centre that has consistant reports of good treatment. I'm guessing that any establishment that offers pictures with Tigers or invites people to get into an enclosure with them is seriously dodgy as the tigers are likely to be drugged to make them compliant and may well be trafficked/mistreated. I would urge you to not support this cruel practice.

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Posted by somtam2000 on 1/7/2013 at 18:48 admin

With a couple of notable exceptions (ie Singapore) zoos in Southeast Asia are mostly not kept to a standard you may be used to in the UK. This is particularly true with regard to the size of the cages the animals are often kept in.

If you're able to get close enough to a tiger to be photographed with it it may well have been drugged.

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Posted by shaungt08 on 3/7/2013 at 14:53

Thanks for the heads up, I will definately be staying away from the zoos as i dont want to support any animal being drugged

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 4/7/2013 at 05:24

The Tiger Kingdom near Chiang Mai is a good exception to the rule. Very well cared for, not drugged-down. It's a breeding program that happens to make good money and support the attached restaurant. I have land about 1km away and drop by often.

http://www.tigerkingdom.com/Drug/Don't_%20Need_%20Drug.pdf

Just make sure to go early morning when the animals are more active and avoid weekends and Thai holidays when it gets crowded.

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Posted by altmtl on 5/7/2013 at 07:07

See http://www.tourismconcern.org.uk/index.php/news/30/61/Animals-in-tourism-stay-safe-stay-insured-and-know-when-to-stay-away.html

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Posted by Geer1 on 6/7/2013 at 22:12

Some of the animals aren't treated great in some zoos but you also have to realize and remember that without the zoo that animal is likely dead anyways. Sure it would be nice if all the zoos took top notch care of their animals but that is hard to do when they only charge a couple dollars for admission to the zoo.

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Posted by LeonardCohen1 on 7/7/2013 at 06:50

Safari World in Bangkok lets the lions and tigers roam around in paddocks. It's pretty good.

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Posted by rahadalex on 11/7/2013 at 07:21

In Sukhumvit there exist Samut Prakatn Zoo. I visit last year there and found that the animals are treated very badly. Animals are put in the small cages. They look very unhealthy in the cages. I also watched a handicap Tiger there. It cannot walk properly. And there is nobody for its care. Elephant show is really sad. All the animals are dirty and smelling very bad. Elephants also looked so unhealthy. I found nothing to impress me at this Zoo. The zoo is very dirty. I spend 1 hr there but it was very bad experience in zoo.

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Posted by altmtl on 13/7/2013 at 09:08

http://right-tourism.com/ - your guide to making animal friendly choices on holiday

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