Six zoos to swing back into action with free visit offer

Six zoos to swing back into action with free visit offer

A girl feeds a giraffe at Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chon Buri during a press conference on Friday. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)
A girl feeds a giraffe at Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chon Buri during a press conference on Friday. (Photo by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

From Monday, six zoos will reopen for visitors free of charge, with 127 national parks also set to open their doors again soon.

Varawut Silpa-archa, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, told a press briefing that Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chon Buri, Chiang Mai Zoo, Nakhon Ratchasima Zoo, Songkhla Zoo, Khon Kaen Zoo, Ubon Ratchathani Zoo and the Elephant Nature Park in Surin will reopen on Monday but will not charge an entry fee until June 30.

There will, however, be a 2,000-visitor daily limit over the two entry periods, which are 8am-noon and noon-5pm, to shorten visiting times and reduce overcrowding.

He explained that visitors must now book tickets over the phone or online while, on arrival, they will also have their temperature taken and be asked to check in on the Thai Chana website.

He added that social distancing will be enforced in crowded areas such as ticket booths, shuttle buses and food stalls while hand gel bottles will be placed around the grounds.

In addition, the use of air conditioning will also be limited as a precautionary virus control measure.

Meanwhile, 127 national parks which are mostly forest areas will also reopen but 28 marine parks remain closed as they are in monsoon season.

Mr Varawut said 64 national parks will be completely open while another 63 will not open all areas just yet.

"During the three months that the 155 parks were closed, we can see how nature revived itself. In the new way of tourism, I'd like to ask for cooperation from visitors -- please do not litter. Over the past three months, we didn't see any animals die from eating rubbish. If this happens [an animal dying from eating litter], I will close the park right away."


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