If you appreciate and care about nature then you will probably be saddened by this zoo, as I was. It was a ridiculously hot day when my partner and I visited last week and so it was increasingly distressing to see (when we actually found some animals!) as we progressed from small enclosure to small enclosure that there was no water for the animals that didn't live in water. The majority of the mammals lay still in the heat and if it wasn't for the rapid panting they were desperately doing to cool down you would swear they were dead. It wasn't nice to see.
The only animal in a decent sized enclosure were the small black bears and even they were looking delerious with the heat. The tanks that the fish were kept in were just that; tanks with nothing in them but water and dead fish. It had a large lake in the middle which you could take a peddle boat onto and see the water monitor lizards swimming in, feed the big catfish and watch the storks and other birds on bird island. But this, like most areas of the zoo, look like they haven't seen any care or attention in decades.
It was also a bit frustrating being stared at all of the time. It often felt like we were the attraction at the zoo for the locals. I doubt that they rarely see westerners in Bangkok, so I'm assuming it must have been my height advantage over everyone that was so fascinating! A small, possibly petty annoyance, but it lowered an already disappointing visit.
If it had more funding, a lick of paint and keepers that really cared about the animals this could be a great place.
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