We had booked a tour to the Safari World before we left Australia and once we’d heard about it in Bangkok from tour guides we were a bit apprehensive about going. The locals had told us about the Orang-Utan boxing show. We didn’t want to see a show where animals were harmed but we were told the animals are really well looked after so we decided to go see.
On arrival the first thing we did was drive around the safari park. The have animals roaming freely (as freely as they can in the large park area) which you drive around a circuit to watch.
These birds decided to hold up traffic
There were lions, tigers, bears, giraffes,rhinos, and a lot of birds and smaller animals. Noticeably missing was any elephants.
Cooling off in the tub
Cooling off in the pool
We the got out of our guide van and walked into the park. First stop was the Orang-Utan show. It was loud, it was tacky. The crowd enjoyed it. The animals weren’t hurt,the boxing was just play acting. But they were made to dress up and performing which we didn’t really enjoy.
Next was a seal show. It was kind of similar. Animals doing tricks. Very loud, fairly tacky.
They day was going to continue like this, show after show for the rest of the day. We told the guide we weren’t going to do any more shows and arranged to meet them after the last show of the day. We found walking around by ourselves and exploring much more enjoyable.
We found a feeding platform where for 50 baht (less than $2Aus) you got a small bucket of food to hand feed the giraffes and we were the only two people there as everyone else was off watching the shows.
There were so so many giraffes.
Then there were the cute animals. The common marmoset was a miniature monkey that let me scratch his belly through the cage. I didn’t get a photo. The lemurs were also fun.
Then there was this cute guy. He wasn’t in a cage. We saw him climb down from the trees and then eat the bird seeds.
The zoo had heaps of macaws. That had a cage you could go into where they were housed (but you were sill separate) and I estimate there were 200 birds. There also had some near the entrance to the park which were not in cages.
They have a breeding program for the macaws at the park. We went and saw where the eggs and baby birds are kept in incubators. We also saw the careers feed the baby birds which has to happen every 3 hours. Basically the use a syringe blank to inject the food mixture into the baby birds mouth.
One big fish.
Something to be proud of
I’m so brave
They have a carp pond at the park where you can feed them. There were so many carp that the ones on the top were being pushed up out of the water.
The negative side of the park for us was seeing a pair of baby tiger cubs in a small cage on wheels, being taken around the park for tourists to pay to have their photo taken with them. The cubs look dirty tired and hot. Definitely not the same clean well feed and content looking animals we saw at the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai. They also had 3 baby elephants chained up, again so tourists could pay to have photos. The elephants were rocking from side to side, a sign of stress.
After the park it was the long drive home in Bangkok traffic. We didn’t go all the way to the hotel but instead caught the sky train the last part of our trip back to the hotel.