While this facility hardly care about the state of living of this captive creatures there are residents who deemed it best to report the matter.
A trip to the zoo never sounds like a mundane plan, especially for kids. They love exploring different species of animals which they had only seen in their textbooks until now. However, no one's satisfied with just one visit, as a result, this zoological home of animals attracts a lot of tourists irrespective of the place they are situated in. While we have our fair share of fun during the trip have you ever wondered what really happens to these creatures once the sunlight faded away and the darkness of the night creeps in?
How happy are these animals who are confined in cages and behind bars? Sadly, these amusing creatures are deprived of the wild lifestyle they were actually meant to lead. A zoo in Thailand recently found itself at the receiving end of criticism when people discovered how they kept the animals locked up in dark spaces day in and day out according to The Dodo. Regardless of the strength and size of these desperate animals, they have to lead a life of solitude in their dark cages. From orangutans and chimps to elephants and tigers, every single one of them was treated the same.
Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo in Thailand is the facility which has made it's residing animals' life a dismal reality they cannot escape. Judging by the submissive behavior of these animals the outlet deduced that creatures might never have experienced life in the wild. They go as far as to say that most of them might have been born in a roadside zoo or near a spot which attracts a lot of tourists who in turn must have sold them to these facilities.
Speaking about the Samut Prakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo specifically, numerous people have reported the atrocious conditions in which thousands of captive animals have been kept. Unable to bear the sight of their deplorable state some concerned residents decided to reach out to Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand (WFFT). Founded in 2001 by Edwin Wiek this organization aims "to rescue captive wild animals and rehabilitate them as far as is feasible, allowing them to live the rest of their lives in a safe environment, as close to nature as possible and providing them with the best care possible."
After being intimated about the awful state of these animals, Wiek and his team arrived on the scene and inspected the zoo while carefully examining the elephants. After a thorough check-up, Wiek's team of professionals instructed the facility to provide the animals with food of superior quality. They also directed them to reduce the ride activities of elephants who were suffering from digestive issues. Now, it's been a year since these instructions were given but sadly very little has changed.
Reporting an update the WFFT team said in a statement, "Sadly it is not only the elephants that suffer in this old-fashioned run-down zoo on the outskirts of Bangkok — the welfare standards of all animals housed there are terrible." Explaining how these animals arrive at this captivity they said, "These animals are legally traded throughout their long lives and in some instances sold to many different owners." That is not the end. Elephants aren't the only animals who have been treated this way.
The park attracts a lot of tourists due to the tigers residing in their facility. Here the tigers aren't free to roam around in an enclosed area but are chained in a corner so that visitors can take a picture with these majestic animals. The outlet adds how it's common for these installations to drug the huge felines to make them drowsy and easy to handle. This is what makes these ferocious creatures docile and selfie-friendly which is totally against their nature. WFFT's team is now working towards making a positive impact on this huge case they have taken up.
"We are monitoring this situation closely and hope that something will be done," the Foundation said. "We will continue to campaign and fight for animals that languish in tourist attractions around Thailand." Thailand houses the highest number of captive elephants in the world which is the direct result of the availability of 200 elephant tourist camps or zoos. But organizations like WFFT are trying their best to change the scenario of these captive animals who are meant to live a life of complete freedom.