Chiang Mai Zoo in Thailand

Chiang Mai Zoo

Owner1952-?: Harold Mason Young
Chiang Mai city
Opened for public1957
Place Chiang Mai
Country Thailand
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DirectorsTanapat Pongpamorn

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Chiang Mai Zoo, in Chiang Mai, Thailand , was founded in 1952, opened for public in 1957.

Living elephants

At the Chiang Mai Zoo lives 2 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Billy born 1990
  2. Chaiyo (Chai Yo) born 1998-11-19

Comments / picturesThe starting of Chiangmai Zoo was quite an interesting story. In 1952, Mr. Harold Mason Young, an American missionary started a private animal collection at his home in Chiangmai and open it to public as the very first private zoo in the country. Mr. Young’s growing animal collection began to be a nuisance to his neighbors, therefore he applied for a permission to use a piece of land on the foothill of Doi Suthep (now became part of Chiangmai University) to keep his animals and reopened his zoological park to public on April 6, 1957. Mr. Young’s zoo had been opened until he passed away. Later, City of Chiangmai realized that Mr. Young’s zoological park is important to the people of Chiangmai and adopted it under the city’s operation. In 1977, Chiangmai Zoo has been moved under ZPO administration and became the third government zoological park on 531 raii (210 acres) of foothill land.. Recently, Chiangmai zoo received a pair if giant panda from China and they have become the star of the zoo.

Billy, a 19 year old male elephant donated to Chiang Mai Zoo by the Khao Kheaw Open Zoo in Chonburi was introduced to 12 year old female elephant Chaiyo November 5 at the Chiang Mai Zoos new 10 million baht elephant enclosure. Officials hope that the two elephants will mate and produce a calf.

Tanapat Pongpamorn, Chiang Mai Zoos Director, and Nipon Wichairat, the assistant director for public relations, released the zoos newest member into the newly renovated elephant enclosure in a bid to increase the zoos elephant population. Officials also hope that this will disprove any rumors regarding the Zoos breeding practices with its elephants.

References for records about Chiang Mai Zoo

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Chiang Mai Zoo, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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