Chiang Mai Zoo
Chiang Mai Zoo was established by Mr. Harold Mason Young, an American missionary who volunteered to teach forest survival guide to soldiers and policemen at borderland during Korean War (1950-1953). At the beginning, He used the rented house, owned by Mr. Kee Nimmanhaemin (1888-1965) and Mrs. Gimhor Nimmanhaemin (1894-1981), that he lived at the moment called "Weluwan House” located at the foot of Doi Suthep. He opened a small private zoo for the first time around 1952 and hired few local people and tribesmen to take care of the zoo.
Until 1977, the zoo was transferred to be under Zoological Park Organization of Thailand, Office of the Prime Minister from 16 June 1977 onwards. On 16 June 1987, Chiang Mai Zoo was 10 years old and in the decade the area of Chiang Mai Zoo has been expanded from 60-Rai area that Chiang Mai Province had permitted Mr. Harold Mason Young to utilize to 130-Rai area. From 1983, Chiang Mai Zoo was approved by Department of Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the cabinet to expand the area at the foot of Doi Suthep for 500 Rai in addition. The Zoo Promotion and Improvement Committee was established. It consists of expert and professional from both government and private sectors and Professor An Nimmanhaemin was the chairman to set out the main plan and initiate the development roadmap of Chiang Mai Zoo in the future. According to historical evidences which are legends, records and aerial photograph, it is confirmed that a part of Chiang Mai Zoo is a part of Wiang Chet Lin, an circular ancient city built in the era of Phaya Sam Fang Kaen, the 8th King of Mangrai royal family (1945-1984). The trace of some canal and earthen dyke can still be seen. Nowadays many debris of bricks are generally seen around Chiang Mai Zoo, especially on the hill over the elephant zone there is a pile of large bricks which can be assumed that it is an ancient place related to religion (which is the location of Wat Ku Din Khao in present day.)
Details: Chiang Mai Zoo is open daily 8:00 a.m. - 17:00 p.m.
Chiangmai Zoo Ticket: Adults pay 150 Baht admission fee, Child (under 135 cm.) pay 70 Baht.
Tel: +66 5322 1179
How to get there: By Public Transportation, it will take 15 - 30 minutes from Chiang Mai downtown to Chiang Mai Zoo.