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Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya also has lots of crocodiles and elephants. It is a very entertaining theme park, they even have racing pigs.

King of the hill

Siracha tiger zoo

This tiger is waiting for food to drop from above, the public have guns they fire at small cages, if the score a bulls-eye the meat drops down for the tigers to grab.

Tiger show

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

I was a little sad seeing these tigers in the show, they looked undernourished and frightened. I’m sure when they are being trained they are treated cruelly. I would certainly support banning these types of shows.


Feeding the tiger cub.

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya  This little guy is the son of my friend John Martin aka Pothole, and believe it or not his name is Tiger. So here we have Tiger feeding the Tiger. 

Ferocious crocodile at Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya These fascinating creatures have not changed in millions of years. The Siamese crocodile is a small, freshwater crocodilian, with a relatively broad, smooth snout and an elevated, bony crest behind each eye. Overall, it is an olive-green colour, with some variation to dark-green. Young specimens measure 1.2–1.5 m (3.9–4.9 ft) and weigh 6–12 kg (13–26 lb), growing up to 2.1 m (6.9 ft) and a weight of 40–70 kg (88–150 lb) as an adult. The largest female specimens can measure 3.2 m (10 ft) and weight 150 kg (330 lb) Large male specimens can reach 4 m (13 ft) and 350 kg (770 lb) in weight.  Most adults do not exceed 3 m (10 ft) in length, although hybrids in captivity can grow much larger.

 Two crocs having a chat about lunch.

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya This shot reminds me of two neighbours chatting over the back fence, they could be saying, “I’m swimming along the river and a guy is sitting on the bank, I hadn’t eaten all day, what the hell was I supposed to do?”  

Last one in is a scaredy cat.

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

Absolutely prehistoric. 

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Swimming is not recommended at Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

If you fell in here it would be over rather quickly. 🙂


Up close & personal with a crocodile.

Close to a crocodile

I hope she has hospital insurance.

Relax, I’m a dentist.

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

You don’t have to be crazy but it helps.

Here is what can happen if you put your head in his mouth.

 You should always take kids to a theme park.

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

It’s always more fun at the Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya when you have kids with you. However, as you can see from their faces, childcare is not one of my strong points.

Chang is Thai for Elephant

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

Thailand’s current population of domesticated elephants is about 2,700. After a precipitous decline from about 100,000 domesticated elephants in 1850, numbers are now stable. About 95% of Thai elephants are in private ownership, with the Thai Elephant Conservation Center’s 80 elephants being Thailand’s only government-owned elephants apart from a few in zoos and the King’s ten revered ‘white’ elephants in the Royal Elephant Stable.

Wild elephants in Thailand are very difficult to count given their dense, forested habitat, but most experts would agree there are between 2,000-3,000.

In 1989 the Thai government banned all logging in protected areas, effectively closing all remaining natural forests. While undoubtedly a very wise choice, one unfortunate side effect was that it threw many logging elephants out of work. Luckily, that loss coincided with a rapid rise in tourism, which was able to employ many elephants. Today, probably more than half of Thai elephants work in tourism.

Disturbingly, some overseas animal rights groups have argued that tourists should not visit elephant camps, claiming it promotes cruelty. In fact, most Thai elephants are very well cared for, partly because most Thai people are intrinsically kind and humane but also because elephants are simply too valuable to abuse. (A beautiful calf or a healthy, young breeding female is worth as much as 700,000 baht or US$22,000.) Although the camp to be visited should be carefully selected, the kindest thing that ethical, elephant-loving tourists can do is to visit a camp and enjoy elephants. Without work in tourism, elephant owners will have no means to care for their animals.

The use of the term ‘domesticated’ elephants, although it is the most common description, is a bit confusing because it can be misinterpreted to imply that (like domesticated dogs, cats, horses, water buffalo, etc.) these captive elephants are a different strain from wild elephants. The fact is that nowhere in Asia has the elephant ever been selectively bred, the process required to bring rapid genetic change to wild species. Thus, both behaviourally and genetically, so-called domesticated elephants are in reality captive wild elephants, virtually the same as their wild cousins roaming protected areas.

Take an Elephant ride at Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya.

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

I really would prefer elephants were not used for this purpose.

Or is pig racing more your style? Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

Let the games begin, the crowd is in a state of sheer excitement waiting for the race to begin.

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya

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David Herd & Tiger Martin David Herd at Tiger zoo

Well folks, many thanks for visiting my blog on the Siracha Tiger zoo near Pattaya, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed being here.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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