Located in Central Bangkok, between Chitlada Palace and Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall, Dusit Zoo, it is one of the most popular recreational spots of the city. The place is an ideal getaway for Thai families from the city hubbub, especially during the weekends. With its bracing backdrop and various amusement facilities, the zoo is equally popular amongst many Bangkok visitors as well. Set up by King Rama V, as a part of the Royal Dusit Garden Palace, the zoo was to serve as his private botanical garden.
However, the king later bequeathed it to the government. Henceforth,
the botanical garden saw transformation to a private zoo and garden in
1938, and was named as 'Dusit Zoo'. From February 1954, it came under
the administrative umbrella of the Zoological Park Organization. Spread
across an area of 47 hectares, the zoo today houses more than 2,000
animals and 1000 birds, picked from different parts of Thailand and
abroad. These animals are placed together and are segregated into
communities, depending on their individual species.
Apart from wildlife viewing, which forms the major attraction, another
prominent draw of the park is its sparkling lake, covering an overall
area of 12 hectares. There are facilities for boating also and visitors
can rent boats and paddle their way round the lake, soaking the greenery
around. The shady groves in the park provide some good options for
picnicking. Often, families sit and snack tit-bits under the cushy areas
of the trees. For people who enjoy eating junk food, various options are
available in the form of food joints located inside the park.
When it comes to children, entertainment facilities in the park are
galore. The zoo especially has various leisure alternatives for kids.
There is a special Children's Zoo, which displays small animals that are
of particular interest to kids. There is also an amusement playground,
with some exciting rides. Another activity enjoyed by most children is
feeding breadcrumbs to the tiny fishes in the lake water. In fact,
whether children, youngsters or adults; Dusit Zoo provides a very good
breathing space to everyone treading to its greens.