Thailand Zoo Forced To Sell Animals For Funds
This pandemic has robbed us of so many things, our time, our money, our loved ones. For some people, it’s all three. After trying their best to hold on for a year, a zoo in Thailand was recently left with no choice but to bid farewell to their animals because they could no longer afford to take care of them.
Located in the Southeast of Bangkok, the Sriracha Tiger Zoo has taken to Facebook to announce that they are finding new homes and owners for their beloved animals, which include a herd of 11 elephants together with its female calves and adults.
Although it was not an easy decision to make, it was necessary to ensure that the animals can live on comfortably. But because elephants are protected under Thailand’s Wildlife Conservation and Protection Act, only individuals with an elephant breeding permit will be allowed to purchase them.
Sadly, the Sriracha Tiger Zoo isn’t the only zoo plagued with this problem. Several other zoos across the country are also coming forward with pleas for donations to help feed their animals and provide them with welfare.
This is mainly because the zoos have been recording low visitor numbers even before the pandemic. Zoo visits declined from 4.2 million in 2019 to 3 million in 2020. And from January to April this year, only 1.5 million visitors were recorded, says Auttaporn Srihaeran, director of Thailand’s national zoological organization.
Although the government has provided US$3.5 million worth of funding, which is sufficient for 10,700 animals in six zoos, Auttaporn explains that they are setting up donation channels to “engage” the public with the zoos and help improve the animals’ welfare, just in case the pandemic worsens.
Hopefully, things will improve in the second half of the year and these poor animals wouldn’t have to part ways with their family and home they’ve known their whole lives.