AFA is shocked and saddened to learn of the appalling conditions for animals housed at Pata Zoo, Thailand, which is causing the unnecessary suffering of hundreds of animals.
Occupying the top two floors of an ageing department store on a busy street in Bangkok, Pata Zoo houses more than 200 species of animals, including a menagerie of pythons, turtles, flamingos, monkeys, leopards, tigers, bears, a gorilla, a Shetland pony, and the last surviving member of a group of a dozen penguins. Weekend performances force primates dressed in children's clothes to lift weights, ride bicycles and do tricks with fire.
It is evident that the zoo cannot provide adequate care or provisions to meet even the animals' most basic needs - the enclosures are small, dimly-lit and often dirty. Little attempt are also made to meet their complex behavioural and social needs. .
AFA supports efforts being led by local animal protection groups to close down the zoo and relocate the animals to wildlife rescue and rehabilitation sanctuaries where the animals can be provided with appropriate living conditions, husbandry and veterinary care.
We have written to the Department of National Parks (DNP) urging for Pata Zoo's permit to be revoked in recognition of the wholly inadequate conditions for the animals and the huge amount of suffering it causes to the animals under its care. We encourage the development of national zoo legislation incorporating minimum welfare standards and requiring the inspection and licensing of zoos, aquariums, circuses, and private collections keeping wild animals in captivity.
More photos of Pata Zoo are available here.