BANGKOK – Visitors to Dusit zoo were sampling some of the park’s favored activities on Thursday, including feeding hungry hippos and paddling across a pond backdropped by the royal Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall.
They were among the last guests to pass through the animal park, however, after the zoo announced on Wednesday that it would be closing its doors for good at the end of the month.
Located near the Old Town in Bangkok, which houses many of Thailand’s most important royal and religious sites, the zoo is the oldest in the country, having opened its doors in 1938.
The animals will be relocated to a larger, 300-rai (48 hectares) site in Pathum Thani, just north of the capital.
The land was gifted by his Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, and is three times larger than the current site, the zoo said in a statement.
The park’s current inhabitants, who number over 1,000 in total, will be temporarily relocated to six sites while construction of their new, permanent home, is carried out.
Some of the animals have already begun to be moved as the zoo’s final day on Aug. 31 approaches.