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Update August 9, 2016

Mae Sa Elephant camp donates pygmy ponies to Chiang Mai Zoo

Chuchat 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.

Fifteen pygmy horses or Pipo Ponies were donated to the Chiang Mai Zoo from the Mae Sa Elephant Camp.

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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.

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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 in England.

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 Institute, USA.

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.

Update August 4, 2016

Rainy season blooms at Royal Park Rajapruek

The famed 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 12, 2016.

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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 park. For more information, call 053-114-110-5


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Mae Sa Elephant camp donates pygmy ponies to Chiang Mai Zoo

Chiang Mai Night Safari publishes research on Fishing Cats

Rainy season blooms at Royal Park Rajapruek