Animal welfare key to Dusit Zoo move

Animal welfare key to Dusit Zoo move

Elephant Day 2016 at the Dusit Zoo. Many Bangkok residents have nostalgia about the capitals only state-run zoo. (Post Today file photo)
Elephant Day 2016 at the Dusit Zoo. Many Bangkok residents have nostalgia about the capitals only state-run zoo. (Post Today file photo)

At the end of this month, Bangkokians will bid farewell to Dusit Zoo, as the final curtain falls for the site, treasured by many not just as a recreational edutainment place, but also as a vast green space in the heart of the capital.

Netizens over the past few weeks have been sharing fond memories of the site that has served visitors for more than six decades. The zoo is moving to a new 300-rai home in Klong 6, Pathum Thani's Thanyaburi district, which is three times the size of the present zoo. The land was given to the government by His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. Construction of the zoo is expected to begin next year or even later, and the opening is planned in the next three years.

The Aug 31 closure, which zoo authorities have insisted is part of their original work plan, implies there is no rush in the move, and will be followed by the animals' relocation.

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