The Dusit Zoo in Bangkok is a fully-fledged animal park with features like a zoo museum, animal hospital, sightseeing train, educational centre, canteen and activity facilities. No less than 1,600 individual animals from Thailand and across the world may be seen at this zoo, including some exceedingly rare and endangered varieties. Since there are so many things to see and do here, it is quite possible to spend an entire day’s leisure at this enthralling institution.
Dusit Zoo has the distinction of being Thailand’s initial and groundbreaking zoological garden, having been opened to the public for over 60 years. This vast animal park is located within the Thai capital’s administrative hub amidst landmarks such as the Parliament, Chitralada Palace and Throne Hall.
Part of the reason that the zoo is so popular is that it features such a diverse and varied collection of animals from across the globe. A vast array of creatures such as lions, tigers, hippopotamus, alligators and many kinds of monkeys may be seen at the zoo. A noteworthy aspect is that the establishment features specimens which are rarely to be seen in southeast Asia, like camels, penguins, kangaroos and wallabies. Rare oddities of nature like white Bengal tigers and albino barking deer are other highlights at Dusit Zoo.
Many of the animals are separated into special themed sections; for example ‘African Savannah’ features zebras, giraffes and ostriches roaming as they would in their native environment. ‘Reptile House’ contains a collection of slithering and crawling creatures; ‘Elephant House’ is devoted to the mighty pachyderms; ‘Hawks Exhibit’ features an array of sleek birds of prey; and ‘Nocturnal House’ is devoted to the creatures who come out in the dark of night.
There is also a sizeable lake in the park grounds, where visitors can hire a paddle boat for a small fee and enjoy a leisurely sojourn whilst feeding the lake fish. The small fry will enjoy Play Land, where there are numerous rides and attractions designed specially for the young ones.