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Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo
See the Nightlife of the Animals in Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo
The zoo is originally a piece of African savannah-cross-zoo opened in mid-2005. It was then recreated as one of Chiang Mai's newest and most ambitious projects. Back then, the zoo has more than 200 animals from several continents, but now the zoo houses more than 400 animals from more than 50 different species. The zoo is located the foot of the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and included a large lake surrounded by zoo-like enclosures that let the animals roam freely. Inside, the docile animals can wander up to the tram, but the predators are kept behind security barriers. The safari was developed under controversial circumstances, where it was developed without proper environmental impact studies. It was also facing difficulties in securing animals from Kenya. However, it has become one of the best attractions in Chiang Mai.
This one of the feature attractions in Chiang Mai Night Safari will take you to a journey through the wild African savannas. The savanna is a 2.4-km trail located at the south side of the lake. It is inhabited mostly by herbivores and prey animals, including giraffes, antelopes, lamas, rhinoceros, elephants and various animals from Asia and Africa. The tour of the Savanna Safari will take about 30 minutes using an open-sided tram.
The tour will take you to a 2.4-km tram route at the east of the lake. Different from the savannas, you will go through the heart of the wilderness and meet the predators and rare prey animals. Some of the animals are Bengal tigers, pumas, hyenas, vultures, bears, wild boars, and wallabies. This tour will also take about 30 minutes of tram ride.
This attraction is open from daytime and it can only be explored by foot. The route is around the Swan Lake with the length of about 1.2 km. Don't worry because the lake offers you a nice view. You will also see a lot of wild animals like flamingos, tortoises and ducks, emus, white-striped tigers and jaguars.
In Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo, you can see two animal shows held in the night. The first one is the tiger show that performs a variety of species including tigers, the most exotic species of tigers from India, white tiger, Indochinese tiger, and white lion performances. The second one is the night predators' show or hunters of the night show. This show will let you see more closely on the life of wild animals such as bear, otter, porcupine, wild boar, hyenas, tigers, and lions.
Apart from the animal shows, there are some other shows that you can enjoy during your visit to the Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo. The first is the musical fountain show that is combined with laser show on the water screen. The show adopts a technology from Germany with a height of over 12 meters and wide of around 20 meters. The next show is a dancing show named Creature of the Night show. This Safari Dancing Group will entertain you with surprising and spectacular show.
If you join the day safari, you will get on a bus and visit two animal zones. The first one is the carnivore zone, where you will meet rhinos, zebras, giraffes, and kangaroos. You can also feed these animals with your own hands. The next one is the predator zone that is inhabited with more savage animals like the tigers and hyenas. Visitors will only be able to see the animals from a certain distance as well for safety reason.
Behind the zoo is a special program held in the afternoon for those who want to get closer with the animals of Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo. Here, you will engaged in a program that will let you know more about elephants, giraffes, hippopotamus, bison, and white rhinoceros. You can also get the experience to feed the giraffes. The activities will take about one and a half hour, but it is definitely a new experience that will give you unforgettable moments.
The resort at Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo has five houses that you can rent. The houses are located in the forest to make you enjoy the nature. Most houses are built with 3 to 4 independent units, while the biggest is the Piroon Pana, built with 8 independent units with all facilities that is a perfect fit if you are going in a large group.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be bought on site and children with the height less than 100cm is free of admission.
How To Get Around?
Depends on which tour you want to join. On most tours, you will go around with tram or bus. While for the jaguar trail, you will explore the area by walking.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommendation on what to wear to visit the Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo. It is better to wear comfortable clothes because you will move around.
Best Time to Visit
Before visiting the Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo, it is better to open its official website and check the schedule for the shows in the zoo. This way, you can set the time and see all of the shows available.
Will I Need a Guide?
The tram or bus ride will include a guide. Make sure to check the schedule of the tour because the tour is available in Thai and English language.
How To Get There?
The best way to go to Chiang Mai Night Safari Zoo is by hiring a red songtaeow from the city centre.