Attraction 23/2 Soi Pa Lai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand Published on: 26-06-2016
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Why Phuket Zoo is special ?
Phuket Zoo is a private zoo. It is not supported by the government. The zoo opened in 1997.
Phuket’s only zoo is fairly small but still provides an enjoyable day out, especially for families with younger children. It has the feel of a home zoo, which is how it began. The zoo covers an area of 10 hectares and is a fun place to see a large collection of animal and reptiles. There are more than 600 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 45 species of mammals.
The zoo is famous for its daily animal shows which feature performances by elephants, crocodiles, birds and monkeys. The zoo also features a “nocturnal house” containing hard-to-find creatures of the night, an aquarium, an orchid garden, and a butterfly garden.
What to explore at Phuket Zoo?
Monkey show: This show is a lot of fun and a favourite with the children.
Previously these monkeys worked as coconut pickers, which they can do very quickly by biting through the stem that holds the nut to the tree with their extremely sharp teeth. The show lets you see the skills of both the monkeys and their trainers.
Crocodiles show: They cannot really be tamed and basically remain wild dangerous animals that can eat people. This show is thrilling, nerve wracking and exciting. Watch the handler catch and hold a crocodile longer than he is.
The Aquarium has an amazing entrance built as a giant crocodile's mouth, you have to walk down the crocodile's throat to get in. Inside is air conditioned, providing a welcome break from the tropical heat. Huge tanks of thirty thousand liters line both sides and show a variety of both fresh- and saltwater species from around the world.
Upstairs, there are displays of smaller aquarium fishes, turtles, frogs, crabs, lizards, giant snakes, nocturnal birds and animals. This is followed by a display of seashells and fishing equipment showing local and imported fish catching techniques. There is also a food & drinks counter with souvenirs for sale.
Our Bird Park is home to various species of local and worldwide birds. All birds are let free in the aviary, which resemble the natural habitat. With this type of free flight concept, birds are able to breed naturally.
Visitors will have an exciting experience of watching colourful and melodic birds perching and winging about freely while sightseeing and relaxing in natural and beautifully landscaped surroundings.
How to get to Phuket Zoo?
The zoo is located about 1km down Soi Palai off Chao Fa Road (East), half-way between Phuket City and Chalong, and about 25 kms from Patong. There is a large billboard advertising the zoo at the intersection, which is quite easy to spot.
- Great little zoo
- Small zoo with some nice shows
- Many attractions in one venue
- Great place for family with kids
- Many fascinating animal shows
23/2 Soi Pa Lai, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83000, Thailand
Tips for you
Great place to see shows( monkey ,elephant , crocodile )
Ok yes the zoo is a little run down But this is the exact reason why you should visit, to show them your support and contribute to them being able to renovate, maintain and care for the animals. They have a ape (aka any which way but loose) that you can sit with and have you photo taken ($12aus) he's a cheeky fella and we got some great pics and video, we also got one of the elephants to paint us a picture for ($8aus), we enjoyed feeding the elephants and the monkeys, they had a cute little monkey show, the elephant show was fun and the elephants looked to be enjoying their performance, the crocodile show we didn't think much of as we thought they were a little rough with them, but then I've never had to convince a crocodile to perform. Phuket zoo is not a world leader in zoos, it doesn't adhere to best practice when it comes to zoos, but they do the best with the limited resources they have. So go there and support them. And if you are a pretentious animal lover, maybe it's best that you remember where you are (Thailand) and don't go, because all animals should be free and we should all be running around naked and eating lentils and bean sprouts. My family went and we enjoyed our visit.