Khao Kheow Open Zoo holds welcoming ceremony for new baby elephant on Thai Elephant Day

Chonburi –

The newest member of Khao Kheow Open Zoo’s elephant family, “Saan Suay”, was officially introduced to the public on Thai National Elephant Day, March 13th.

The Zoo’s director Tewin Rattanawongsawat presided over the opening ceremony of Thai Elephant Day, which annually falls on March 13th, to welcome the one-year-old female calf “Saan Suay” who was born on February 16th, 2021 from a 24-year-old father elephant “Billy” and a 12-year-old mother elephant “Saan Dao”.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, the zoo did not introduce and hold a welcoming ceremony for tourists until today. The public were also welcomed to donate and support food and medicines to maintain and promote the quality of life for animals in the zoo.

Tewin stated that today was a good day to hold the welcoming event as it was the Thai Elephant Day. Saan Suay and another eight elephants in the zoo were celebrated with various kinds of fruits and vegetables, such as bananas, sugarcane, corn, watermelon, dragon fruit, guava, carrots, and pumpkins.

The National Elephant Day was established by the Thai government in 1998 to raise public awareness of the significance of the animal and its close relationship with Thai people since ancient history and how Thai people should protect and conserve the elephant population.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.