Si Racha Tiger Zoo owner confirms they are not permanently closing

Si Racha, Chonburi –

The Si Racha Tiger Zoo owner has confirmed for now they are only temporarily closed for 14 days following Covid –19 measurements, not a permanent closure as in many news reports. We had not published the prior reports at TPN media as we wanted to speak directly with the zoo.

Many news outlets in Thai and English have previously reported the Si Racha Zoo, which has been opened for 24 years, is now permanently closed since April 30th after being affected by the Covid -19 pandemic.

The Si Racha owner Mr. Sumet Panyasakorn, who also manages the Pattaya crocodile farm, explained to The Pattaya News, “This is not true. The zoo was closed for only 14 days not a permanent closure as we want to follow the Coivd -19 measurements in Chonburi.”

“We don’t have any plans to permanently close the zoo. We are still fighting even though we have many expenses every month.”

“We are taking care of more than 400 tigers, 300 elephants, thousands of crocodiles, and many more animals.”

“However, we have to talk with the current consulting company who has managed staffers and services to find some mutually beneficial solutions. We will be back with a full array of options after Covid – 19 measures are relaxed. It was these ongoing discussions that led some media to report we were permanently closing, which is not happening. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners on solutions for better management of the zoo while hoping tourists are able to return later this year.” Sumet concluded.

Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, the zoo was extremely popular with Asian tourists, especially from China, although from Thailand as well. However, many western tourists have shunned the zoo, stating animals should be free or in sanctuaries instead and not used for entertainment. This led to mixed reactions to media comments about the supposed closure of the zoo, with many Westerners pleased but many Thai nationals and visitors from Asian countries upset.

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Goong 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 three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya, Chonburi, and Phuket, 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.