Mae Sa Elephant camp donates pygmy ponies to Chiang Mai Zoo
Kalmapichit of Mae Sa Elephant Camp donates 15 pygmy horses to the Chiang
Mai Zoo - Nipon Vichairat, Director of Chiang Mai Zoo was accompanied by
Wittaya Singkham, Assistant Director receive the horses in the ceremony.
pygmy horses or Pipo Ponies were donated to the Chiang Mai Zoo from the Mae
Sa Elephant Camp.
The Chiang Mai Zoo received 15 Pipo
ponies or pygmy horses from the owner of the Mae saw Elephant Camp on August
4, 2016. The horses, valued at around 4 million baht, were given to the Zoo
to raise and breed in a ceremony at the Kotchaban (Elephant) Institute of
Mae Sa Elephant Camp in Mae Rim district, Chiang Mai. Nipon Vichairat,
Director of Chiang Mai Zoo was accompanied by Wittaya Singkham, Assistant
Director along with Zoo officials and staff, and a Zoo veterinarian team to
receive the horses from Chuchat Kalmaphichit.
Chuchat Kalmapichit gave the pygmy
horses to the Zoo so that the public and students can visit and learn more
about them. He said he originally bought 8 horses and now has a herd of 15
from breeding. He noted that the ponies are very social and gregarious
animals that live in a herd. He said that the he felt the Zoo was the best
places for the horses to live adding that Zoo veterinarians can take care of
them and treat them should they need it.
Zoo Director Nipon said the Chiang Mai
Zoo is ready to take in all 15 Pipo Ponyes
to their new home, however they will all first be quarantined to
check their health before settling them in their new habitat.
Chiang Mai Night Safari publishes research on Fishing Cats
The Fishing Cat or Prionailurus viverrinus was the
study of recent research at the Chiang Mai Night Safari on stress hormones.
Dr. Sarawut Srisakun with some of the research team.
The Chang Mai Night Safari recently
published the results of joint research on Fishing Cats or Prionailurus
viverrinus on stress hormones in the International Journal of Conservation
Physiology, Oxford University Press and the Society for Experimental Biology
The study, conducted with Mae Jo
University, Chiang Mai University, Kasetsart University and the Smithsonian
Institution in the United States, researched the output of stress hormones
in the fecal matter of mostly female fishing cats and found that levels were
affected by the seasons. The Chiang Mai Night Safari currently has 18
fishing cats; 9 male and 9 female.
Dr. Sarawut Srisakoon , Director of
Chiang Mai Night Safari said the research study was the first of its kind
and will give the Night Safari important information on maintaining the
health of the cats.
The results were from joint research
conducted by Dr. Narathip Worawattanatham, the veterinarian from Chiang Mai
Night Safari and professors from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang
Mai University, and from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine , Kasetsart
University and Dr. Janice Brown of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology
The Fishing Cat is a medium sized wild
cat with a short and thick body with gray or brown fur, dark brown spots and
brownish-black stripes. The tail is one third the length of the body. The
Fishing Cat is classified as endangered due to loss of wetland habitat and
is native to South East Asia.
Rainy season blooms at Royal Park Rajapruek
Siam Tulips will be on display at Royal Park Rajapruek for the rainy season,
the exhibit will be on display from August 1 -31, 2016.
Rice Planting for Mom will take place at Royal
Park Rajapruek to honor HM the Queen on her birthday, Mother’s Day on August
The Royal Park Rajapruek is hosting a tour for the rainy
season featuring the famous Siam Tulip or Curcuma alismatifolia, a species
of ginger native to northern Thailand. This signature flower has been under
conservation in Thailand and there are 40 different cultivars including the
Chiang Mai Ping Red shirt, the Chiang Rai Snow, Taptim Siam, Kai Mook Siam
Morokot, CMU Miracle and many others. These special cultivars can only be
found in Royal Park Rajapruek from August 1 – 31, 2016 as part of the
Patuma; the Flower of the Rainy Season exhibit.
Royal Park Rajapruek has germinated seeds from 30 cultivars
and brought in three more from Luang Panka Agricultural Center and seven
from Prarajadamri. The Park will have display of the Siam Tulips along with
many other rainy season species. Signs will be located at different areas
around the park noting the names of the flowers in English and Thai.
Tourists who check in under Fin Nafon will be entered in a chance to win
prizes.The Park will also hold activities for HM the Queen’s Birthday on
Mother’s Day on August 12, 2016. Activities will include planting rice for
mom and everyone is welcome to join and receive rice from Parajatan.Tourists
who show Major Cineplex move tickets will receive a 30 percent discount,
King Power Boarding Passes from Air Asia will get a 50 percent discount and
the first fifty people with boarding passes will get a free entry into the
For more information, call 053-114-110-5