New baby hippo at Khao Kheow Zoo in Si Racha gets her name after 20,000 votes from Thai residents

Si Racha –

A brand new baby hippopotamus at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Si Racha got her name this week officially and is now called ‘Moo Wan’. (Sweet Pork)

The baby is a female hippo who was born on January 14th. The hippo is very healthy, according to zoo officials, and has become a major attraction for the park. The name of the baby hippo was up for voting from the public with prizes on the line.

Read more about our previous story in the link below.

Mr. Taewin Rattanawongsawat, who is the director of the Khao Kheow Open Zoo, told The Pattaya News, “We got more than 20,000 votes from people in Thailand.”

“The ‘Moo Wan’ name had the highest votes. After we ran a raffle for those who voted for a cash grand prize, we got the winner who is Ms. Namfon Viriyapongpan from Bangkok. She received a cash prize for 3,000 baht.” Taewin stated.

“Another 10 prizes are zoo tickets. Check out the prize winners at our Facebook page ‘สวนสัตว์เปิดเขาเขียว Khao Kheow Open Zoo’ or call 0-3831-8444 ext. 212.” Taewin added.

“We are keeping strict hygienic measurements during the Covid -19 pandemic. Tourists who are visiting the zoo have to follow these precautions, such as wearing a mask and social distancing as well as limiting the crowd sizes who visit the zoo.” Taewin concluded.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.