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“Terrible” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Phuket Zoo

Phuket Zoo
23/2 Moo 3, Soi Palai, Chaofah Rd. | Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
+66 (0) 7638 1227
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Ranked #231 of 256 things to do in Phuket
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“Terrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

I am not quite sure why would someone give this a 5 star rating! Or even a 4 or 3 star rating. Its a terrible experience..empty cages and dont get me started on the cleanliness!

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“Up close and personal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

This was nothing like any other zoo that we'd been to. The main attractions, apart from the crocodiles, were there for you to touch, interact and take photos with. There's something special about sitting right next to a 10 ft long adult tiger or on top of an elephant when it stands on its back legs. There is a small fee to have your photo taken while holding the animals but it's hard to resist.

Visited May 2013
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“Don't Listen To The Others”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

I travelled to Thailand, late last year, and was appalled by the photo's and reviews uploaded. I was very worried about what would be there, and then I went. It was absolutely great!
No, it's not the biggest cages, or the fanciest decorated, but these animals have love, and sufficient homes. The photo's that you see, must have been years ago. They have everything they need. Maybe they don't get tones of things, but that's because the zoo isn't made of money. Going there would give them money, and you'd see all of the adorable animals. It's very hands on, and you get to cuddle monkeys and more! Yes, there is discipline towards the animals, but that's just as normal as the next person training their dog. The people are lovely, the animals seem happy, and I for one, am telling the truth. Please go! Have fun! It's an amazing zoo!

Visited August 2013
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“Dont support animal cruelty!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This was disgusting! Most of the cages were empty. Those that did have animals were kept in the most disgusting conditions which you could smell from a few metres away. These animals were lifeless and just looked like they wanted to die. Elephants chained and beaten with metal hooks. Malnurished and only had a 1m chain on their leg. So movement was VERY limited. Only fed bananas. Elephants need a better diet of plants and grass than just bananas. I saw the elephant show for a sec as i was walking past. The elephants look forward to being off chain and eat every single plant they can while going into the arena. One elephant was hungry and wanted to eat instead of performing and WAS BEATEN UNTIL IT WAS BLEEDING. This was the most disgusting thing I have ever seen!! I was leaving and you can hear the elephants SCREAMING as they were being chained up again. Tigers sedated so you can take photos. Bears with scabs and growth. Birds under stress and ripping all their feathers out. DO NOT SUPPORT THIS. I was so sad i didnt read reviews and paid 1000baht for myself and my partner to go and support such disgusting acts of animal cruelty!!

Visited April 2014
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“Phuket zoo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I can understand that people find it distressing to see the animals in small enclosures. But I don't agree in telling people not to go everyone should make their own opinion about this place. Whilst the enclosures are not what you would expect in a zoo in Australia,USA or UK I don't think they are as terrible as some people explain in their reviews. If you truly care about the animals go there and pay the small amount to get foods to feed the animals if you think they are starved. People need to understand that the training these animals receive is not world class and the chains are in place for the safety of the visitors. Bottom line is if no one goes to this place the animals will be the ones who suffer the most. I say go there and make your own informed decision.

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