Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Si Racha celebrates the 56th birthday of Mother Jasmine, Thailand’s oldest hippo


The Pattaya News wishes a very happy birthday to Mother Jasmine, who turned 56 years old yesterday (September 8th) making her what zoo officials say is the oldest hippo in Thailand.

The Zoo celebrated her birthday with a big fruit and vegetable cake. The birthday mother came up from the pool before starting eating and enjoying her birthday cake. Children and tourists were very happy to see her.

Mr. Attaphon Srihayran, the director of the Zoological Park Organisation, told The Pattaya News, “Mother Jasmine is the first animal from the Zoological Park Organisation that is now in the project ‘We Taking Care, We getting Old Together’”.

“Mother Jasmine has received 100,000 baht donation as her birthday gift which is being used to take care of her,” Attaphon explained.

“Mother Jasmine is very healthy but she has a problem with her eyes. She needs 20,000 baht per month for her special food and treatment. She is arguably the most popular animal in the zoo and we want to continue to take good care of her.” Attaphon added.

The zoo noted vaccinated visitors get 50 percent discount off the entry fee until the end of this month. For more information please contact 038-318444.


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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.