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Thailand
Climate in Thailand
Thailand has a warm, tropical climate affected by an annual monsoon, with a rainy season from June to October and a dry season the rest of the year. Temperatures average 75 to 92 degrees Fahrenheit, with the highest temperatures from March to May and the lowest in December and January.
Tropical, rainy, warm, cloudy southwest monsoon from mid-May to September. Dry, cool northeast monsoon from November to mid-March, southern isthmus always hot and humid.
There are three seasons: the cool season (November to February), the hot season (April to May), and the rainy season (June to October), though downpours rarely last more than a couple of hours.
For more information on climatic conditions, weather report and weather forecast, please visit THAILAND METEOROLOGICAL Department's website.


Khao Kheow Zoo - Pattaya Thailand
The must-see attraction of the "Khao Kheow Open Zoo" in Thailand is located in Sriracha, only a 30 min. drive from the center of Pattaya Beach. Build on 1200 acres area of a lush mountain hillside (from there the name "Khao Kheow" or Green Mountain in Thai).
Khao Kheow uses an "Open Zoo" system that permits most of the animals to wander around freely, using a unique "In-Floor" build fencing system, restricting the animals to their allocated area. Visitors can explore the whole domain safely without restriction, and this on foot or with the Zoo's unique "Auto-Tram".
Animals presenting a security risk for visitors are kept behind enclosures, easily viewable from the footpads and the specialy installed shaded viewing points.

Night Safari with the Khao Kheow Tram
Some of the unique animals, you will encounter in khao Kheow Zoo are: Thailand's brown and black bears, Bengal tigers, Asian panthers, red buffalos, Thai elephants plus many groups of endangered Asian and Thai animals, no more to be found in the wild.
Pathways crawl thru the whole domain and on many locations shaded picnic areas are build, including "clean" toilets. Bring your own provisions and hold a picnic break in the middle of this wildlife park.
Spread over the huge domain are also many small restaurants selling food, ranging from fast-food, snacks to complete meals including cold drinks and beer. Take out a whole day to explore Khao Kheow Zoo, explore the park on foot by day and join the Night Safari, using the "Auto-Tram" in the evening to see animals that live & hunt at night.

Eat all you can barbeque
This special attraction of Khao Kheow Zoo is called "Night Safari Tour", unique to Thailand and even the whole of South East Asia. The Night Safari takes place every day.
The "Auto-Tram" is a train like vehicle, equipped with powerful searchlights that allows you to study and explore the behavior of the animals at night, something you would never have a change to see in day time. During the tour English, Japanese, German and Chinese speaking Zoo guides provide visitors with all necessary ecologic and nature information.
But first things first, arriving at the Zoo, a B.B.Q Dinner is served at about 7.00 pm at the "The Floating Pavilion". This Chinese style structure is located in the middle of the Park, it's a buffet style barbeque, suiting all nationalities, with an "Eat all you can" motto. And I can assure you that their is no shortage of food.
Close to the Pavilion is the "Cat house" with tigers, panthers, leopards and all other cat-alike animals, housed in safely enclosed areas. Time enough to visit them, or enjoy a cool beer while the sun is disappearing and the night is taking over. The Night Safari departs at about 8.15 pm, when it is completely dark in the park.

Layout of Khao Kheow Zoo
At about 8.15 pm. the Night Safari takes off, 3 to 5 "Auto-Trams" are lined up, jump on the tram of the guide that speaks your language and start enjoying this fantastic attraction of Khao Kheow Zoo near Pattaya in Thailand.
I can assure You that the Zoo's personnel knows exactly where to find the wild animals in the black night. When they suddenly whisper: "Get ready" and seconds later they switch on the powerful search lights, then be very fast to look before the animals escape out of the light beam.
For taking pictures of these animals at night, you need very sensitive film plus a medium range zoom-lens. Forget about automatic camera's and flash or movie lights, as non are powerful enough to cover the distance to the animals. My camera was loaded with only a 200 asa film, and even I had a very powerful flash, mostly black frames is what I got.
The evening ends at the Zoo's Charlie Cafe and Circus where You are treated to a animal presentation show including all kinds of tropical birds , eagles, monkeys and even snakes

Each year countless numbers of animal species become endangered or extinct, sometimes without us even realizing. Some species, however, have been rescued from the brink of extinction, thanks to conservationists and scientists in biological and medical fields.
When a rare or endangered species of animal is saved, our children have a chance to come into contact with them personally instead of only reading about them in books. Some rare species play a vital part in the animal food chain, contributing to the balance of population in the wild, such as owls keep field rats population from growing rampant.
Species that remain existent over time long enough can evolve and often give rise to new species or sub-species. Or when a species migrate to a new region, they can turn into another variation or sub-species within their species. But that could never happen if they were to become extinct first.
Conservation is necessary to ensure the survival of various species of animals that play an important role in the balance of nature and the evolution of the living animals.

Conservation programs for youths are designed to instill awareness of the great importance of conservation in children and youths, so they may grow up with the correct attitude and approach towards animals and their habitats.
To achieve this we organize activities and events ideal for children and youths to participate in. Direct participation allows them first-hand experience at appreciating the importance of conservation. Our activities include:-
1. School fields trips to our 5 zoos
2. Competitions in drawings with themes involving animals and their habitats
3. Personal encounters with animals (under supervision of zoo keepers)

Conservation programs for adults are open for keen conservationists as well as the general public to take advantage of the ZPO's public facilities in all 5 zoos in Thailand.
Zoo keepers and researchers can lend their experience and knowledge in caring after, feeding and breeding animals to scholars interested in conducting research.
Individuals who are interested in experiencing personal contact with animals can exploit any of the 5 zoos to organize, for example, bird watching group, night safari group and so on.

We do our part in ensuring the continuing existence of animal species, which yields to human understanding, compassion and appreciation for those animals.
As a member of the international zoological community, we are keen to play our part in contributing to the breeding of animals that are needed in different zoos around the world. We focus on animals that inhabit the jungles of Thailand, that are not found elsewhere, so that zoo-goers in other countries can experience animals not only native to their land, just as Thai zoo-goers can enjoy seeing African elephants, giraffes and penguins.

One of the ZPO's final goals for animals in its care is returning them to the wild. Returning animals to the wild is a very delicate undertaking that requires careful training of animals so they are able to adapt to their habitats in the wild. Sometimes an animal cannot be returned to the wild, whilst another may be able to survive in the early stages only to wind up unable to fend for themselves later.
The ZPO's role is to train animals to be ready with mental and physical ability to cope when they enter the wild, and to coordinate with the Forestry Department to monitor those animals which are returned, to ensure their survival and well-being.

New Animals In Khaokheow
Baby Zebra Born to Greet Year of The [Goldern] Horse
A baby Zebra was born on the morning of Thursday 3rd January, 2002 at Khao Kheow Open Zoo. The female Zebra cub and her mother are both healthy and in stable condition. (Khao Kheow, 1/11/2002)
Aldabra Tortoise Makes Appearance at Khao Kheow Open Zoo on Wildlife Conservation Day
The giant Aldabra Tortoise is making its appearance at Khao Kheow Open Zoo from December 26th, 2001 until February 28th, 2002. Not being a native animal species of Thailand, the giant tortoise was presented as a gift to Thailand by the people and government of the Republic of Seychelles, the island nation just off the coast of Africa where the tortoise originally inhabits. (Khao Kheow, 1/11/2002
Indian White-Backed Vulture Sighting in Khao Kheow
An Indian White-Backed Vulture was spotted in Khao Kheow on January 9th, 2002 while Mr. Pisit na Patalung, Director of the Zoological Park Organization, was on inspection tour of Khao Kheow Open Zoo. The majestic bird was gliding in the northern skies over the zoo grounds. (Khao Kheow, 1/15/2002)
New Born Black-Necked Stork - A Great Source of Pride for KKOZ
The Black-Necked Stork that was born on New Year's Day, January 1st, 2002, is nearly a month old now. The Black-Necked Stork is a Thai species of stork and is becoming rarer to find in the wild or captivity. You can witness the baby stork in person at Khao Kheow Open Zoo. (Khao Kheow, 1/28/2002)
First Baby Giraffe to be Born at Khao Kheow Open Zoo
First baby Giraffe to be conceived and born at Khao Kheow Open Zoo was born on February 10th, 2002. This was the mother Giraffe's first gestation, and both mother and baby are in healthy condition. (Khao Kheow, 2/14/2002)
Asian Wild Dogs Born at Khao Kheow Open Zoo
5 baby Asian Wild Dogs (Cuon alpinus) were born at Khao Kheow Open Zoo last week, a product of the zoo's breeding program, that ensures that with dwindling forests and water sources, animals such as the Asian Wild Dogs do not become extinct. (Khao Kheow, 2/14/2002)