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Chiang Mai Zoo
About The Zoo
Founded by Mr. Harold Mason Young, an American missionary, the 60-rai zoo was originally private and opened its door to public in 1952.
Chiang Mai Zoo

After Mr. Young' passed away in 1975, the Provincial Administrative Organization of Chiang Mai appreciated the value and importance of the zoo. The zoo was taken under the Organization's patronage. Until 1977, the zoo again was transferred to the government agency, the Zoological Park Organization. Later, the area was expanded to 130 rai and 531 rai of verdant forest land at the foothill of Doi Suthep mountain, the zoo is surrounded by hilly terrain which is home to thousands of species of wild plants and flowers adorning the natural landscape of valleys, streams and waterfalls. Chiang Mai Zoo is the first and only zoo in Northern Thailand where visitors can experience the excitement and intimacy of various species of animals in their natural habitat.

Furthermore, the zoo has historical remains according to the inscription which shows that an area of the zoo was once an important ancient community called Wiang Jed Lin back in Phraya Sam Gaen during 1402 - 1441. The city plan was in circle which was different from other town or community during those times.

Giant Panda
Chiang Mai Zoo is a beautiful and fertile attraction in cool climate all year round. Fertility of forest, flowers and rare Northern orchids in Chiang Mai Zoo. The wildlife attraction and learning center of all kinds of animal from all over the world and features activities such as, Giant pandas the goodwill ambassador of Thailand and the People Republic of China, Lovely Koalas from Australia, Humboldt penguins with their family from South America, The Intelligent Cape Fur Seals, The only Indian rhino in Thailand, The elephant packs, The happy family of hippopotamus, Long neck giraffes, Humble zebras, Ostriches from Africa, Camels, Lions, Tigers from the deep forest, Babary sheep on the high cliffs, a variety of birds in Nakornping Bird Park, The nocturnal animal house, Rare animal of Thailand, Many kinds of reptile and many more animal.
Chiangmai Show Dome
Located near the panda house, Snow dome visitor will be experienced the imitation North or South Pole in the coolest atmosphere with a snow storm. Furthermore, Chiang Mai Zoo continues to work in every part to conserve and give knowledge about wild-life.
Chiangmai Zoo Aquarium
An aquatic living museum that boasts South East Asia's longest sea tunnel that allows fresh water and salt water creatures to lives under the same roof. As one of the planet’s great ecosystems with nearly 2,000 species of marine creature lives awaits you.
Open Zoo
You will meet Spotted deer, Hog deer, Barking deer, Brow Anther deer, Alpaca, Peacock. More than 200 animals live with peacefully in the area 40 acres. You can walk through the Open Zoo on the sky walkway for closing to the animals.
Animals Showtimes
Seal Show
Monday - Friday 2 Times a day from 10:30, 14:00 O'clock
Saturday - Sunday 3 Times a day from 10:30, 13:30, 15:00, 14:00 O'clock
Animal Show
Monday - Friday 2 Times a day from 11:30, 15:00 O'clock
Saturday - Sunday 3 Times a day from 11:30, 14:30, 15:30 O'clock
* Please note that the admission fees for foreigners may be higher than those of the Thai residents. The fees above are subject to change due to festivals.
Fast Fact
Area 531 Rai Animals 7000 lives
Established 1977 Mammals 475 lives
Visitors 700,000/year Reptiles 218 lives
Opening Hours Monday - Friday: 09.00 am. - 05.00 pm.
Saturday - Sunday: 09.30 am. - 05.30 pm.
Bird 4,965 lives
Fish 1,190 lives
Huay Kaew Rd., Suthep, Mueang, Chiang Mai
How to get there
A short 20 minute drive (12 km) from Chiang Mai Town and the taxi fare from town about 150 to 250 Baht. Probably the easiest way to get there is Tuk-Tuk, but Songtaews going to Doi Suthep also take you to the zoo. Bus number 3 also goes past the zoo.
Chiang Mai Zoo Map
Chiang Mai Zoo Map
Chiang Mai Zoo Map (Click to Enlarge)