A lemur at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A lemur at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

This is one zoo you cannot miss when in Thailand. If you are willing to ignore the confined quarters of the animals, you may actually think you are on a real safari.

Few zoos in the world can match the variety of species as at the ‘Chiang Mai Night Safari’ – this is the name of the zoo. The 300 acre property is surrounded by the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park, and gives you a chance to interact with animals from all over the world. Including many you may not even have heard of. Like the Cabybara, the world’s largest rodents from South America, that look like rats created with a dose of super-steroids.

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The safari is divided into three parts:

* The central walking zone around the Swan lake. A 1.2 km walking trail allows you to see over 50 species of animals and many birds. These include black panthers, leopards, fishing cats, crocodiles, lemurs, bears, and tigers to name just a few. It is best to get here in early evening when the light is bright and allows for good photography. Afternoons may not be a good time as animals may stay be indoors to beat the heat. Finish this walk around sunset in time to enjoy the other activities at the park.

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* The South Zone: Take a 50-seater tram ride over 2.43 kms lasting about 30 minutes. This zone is home to mostly the gentler species like deer, zebras, giraffes and kangaroos who are only too eager to reach out to visitors for food. You can buy a portion of carrots at the tram station to share with the animals – do not feed them anything else. Some of the other species include gaurs, white rhinos, cheetahs and striped hyenas.

* The North Zone: This is another tram ride covering a loop of 2.13 kms and is mostly the abode of wild animals including lions, manned wolves, black bears, jackals, pumas and vultures. Naturally you may see them only from a distance.


Activities

Besides saying hello to animals, there are many other attractions you could spend hours over. These include the musical fountain and water screen show, an open-air cabaret by beautiful women, a baby elephant dancing to the music, and an awesome gift shop where you want to buy all the cuddly (and very reasonably priced) animal toys.

Chiang Mai has lots to offer – the night safari is top of the pops!

For more information visit http://www.chiangmainightsafari.com.

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A white tiger in a cage at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A white tiger in a cage at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A yawning white lion at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A yawning white lion at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A lion taking it easy in a cage at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A lion taking it easy in a cage at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

Ring-tailed lemurs at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

Ring-tailed lemurs at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

Green Iguanas at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

Green Iguanas at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

Crocodiles in a water pool at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

Crocodiles in a water pool at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

Greater flamingoes at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

Greater flamingoes at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A bear at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A bear at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A black panther at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A black panther at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailan

A fishing cat at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A fishing cat at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

One of the many beautiful birds in a walk-through aviary at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

One of the many beautiful birds in a walk-through aviary at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

Capybara, the world’s largest rodents, weighing around 55 kgs and about one metre long. They are mostly found in South America.

Capybara, the world’s largest rodents, weighing around 55 kgs and about one metre long. They are mostly found in South America.

A baby elephant putting on a show - he could actually twirl the hoopla ring and dance at the same time

A baby elephant putting on a show – he could actually twirl the hoopla ring and dance at the same time

A zebra during the ride at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A zebra during the ride at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

An ostrich at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

An ostrich at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A giraffe putting his head into our train looking for food at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand

A giraffe putting his head into our train looking for food at the Chiang Mai Night Safari, Thailand


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