Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo

Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo

Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo
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The world’s largest crocodile farm features both fresh- and saltwater species along with other animals including elephants, lions, gibbons and snakes.
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adonisuk
sheffield6 contributions
The first thing that hits you is the smell, we travelled with thai people to the zoo and they were prepared with the vicks type product that averted the smell. We entered the zoo and were surprised by the lack of tourists, we also had to pay a higher price than our thai friends but we are only talking pence. There are amazing crocodile pools and you have the chance to cross the largest pool via a bridge. It is a strange feeling standing above so many of one of the oldest and ferocious predators on the planet, knowing they would love the chance to meet you even closer. There were some truly massive crocs and as you walked around they have many different species in different cages. Away from the crocs there was an amazing display from elephants, walking tightropes and riding cycles. It is a good idea to splash the cash and feed the animals when you can. They have bears and hippo's, pretty much any animal you could think of. My son had a picture with a tiger which was obviously drugged as it had to be manouvered into position for the picture. This was alittle disheartening to see such a beast not only out of his natural habitat but also semi comatose for the sake of earning a few pounds. I am trying not to be judgemental and be impartial about the visit. The highlight for me was the crocodile show, obviously well prepared and practised but nevertheless an amazing display of speed and precision, funny also! Again the chance for a photo with a crocodile. By the scars on the arms of the show presenters i guess they havent always got it right!! I tried to spend as much money as i could, tipping the staff where possible ie elephant handlers etc as they are very poorly paid so every bit helps. All in all i would recommend a visit but be prepared for zoo that is not kept to the standards of a western zoo taking nothing away from the hard work the thai's do to keep the place open and crocs breeding program progressing. Finally a chance to buy croc skin products and related items in the shop.
Written September 30, 2006
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iac2016
Sydney, Australia39 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
Read all the bad reviews and went anyway - so glad we did. We have travelled all over the place for 35 years, and we are hard to please - this place was honest and thrilling. Carers were all loving the animals, the shows were very thrilling, and as very strong animal lovers - we could not fault what we saw. Ok people, the tethered birds.parrots are taken to a big aviary to fly about after all the human interaction and feeding (they seem happy and behaved otherwise - we own and love parrots - this is a very good sign). Crocodile show - guys, this is how it is done in Australia, USA and just about everywhere else too - except this is more risk by the trainers that's all. Please do research before claiming it is animal abuse - this is how it is done everywhere, the trainers seemed to love the animals especially when the crowds were gone - this is the test. Elephants, again the trainers seem to love the elephants especially when the audience is gone - this is good. Perhaps not always "natural behaviour" painting pictures etc but not abuse - goodness me [and yes we have done the research and seen the bad documentaries and would be first to say when there is abuse eg camels in Egypt - but this is not the case here - a bit like adults commenting on parental care - when they don't have children themselves !!!. Paying tiny amounts to feed the animals is not abuse -this makes it fun, we all love feeding animals hopefully - so what's the problem - this happens all over Thailand - guys, the animals are not "depending" on this food !!! - they are fed outside this funtime method too !!! This place has been bagged so badly by probably mostly western tourists, who are used to seeing animals in nice clean glass boxes - and the lack of tourists is possibly hurting the animals. It should receive a lot more visitors. Just go and keep an open mind - go see the croc show, the elephant show, go feed the parrots - it's fun and not boring like a lot of zoos are :-)
Written January 21, 2018
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paulsI1574HS
Albany, C, United States32 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
Do not go here... the place is not maintained well, the animals look to be in terrible condition, and many of the concrete walkways are cracked. I do not know what the management is spending the admission money on, but it isn't spent on upkeep.
Written October 11, 2018
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TrCo
1 contribution
Oct 2019 • Friends
Please do not support this place! I was on holiday in Thailand but also wanted to visit the elephant sanctuaries and animal zoos to see how they were being treated. Thailand has some great elephant sanctuaries but please beware of zoos like Samut prakan! There are tons of crocodiles way too many and they are definitely being raised for tourism, hunting, selling, skins etc. While I was there it smelled so bad the whole day, cages were not washed, they had pigs feeding the tigers!!! Why not just let the tigers feed their babies? It’s all a gimmick and sickening to see how they are all caged for the spectators enjoyment. They animals don’t even look happy. They had monkeys in cages screaming and crying and the cages were just covered with a blanket. They workers told me that they were playing...the sounds definitely didn’t seem like playing or like they were happy. There was even one monkey who was chained up in a diaper and had bleeding fingers. When I asked about the injury the worker said that he fell off the bike and then gave the monkey money. It was so odd. It made me so sad to see all the buses of tourists visiting from their hotels on tours. I wish the hotels would pick the good sanctuaries to support instead of places like this.
Written July 9, 2020
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수진 양
Seoul, South Korea2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
I bought a ticket and went there. But the woman in Reception desk said the travel agent didn't pay for it, so she told the travel agent to check it out yourself. However our travel agent said it gave the money. I took a picture to report the woman and she suddenly had our ticket checked. We spent 20 minutes arguing outside in the heat. The elephant show was so much fun, but I wanted to report her. It was so unkind and rude. if you want to know her face. please ask me. I have a picture of her. I will let you know her face.

저는 티켓을 사서 갔습니다. 근데 리셥에 있는 여자가 여행사에서 돈을 안줬다면서 여행사에 네가 직접 확인하라고 했습니다. 여행사는 돈을 줬다고 했습니다. 나는 그여자를 신고하려고 사진을 찍었는데 그 여자가 갑자기 티켓 확인이 됐다고 했습니다. 우리는 20분을 밖에서 더운데 실랑이를 했습니다. 코끼리쇼는 너무 재미있었지만 난 그여자를 신고하고 싶었습니다. 너무 불친절했고 누군지 알고 싶다면 나에게 요청하세요. 내가 그 여자의 사진을 가지고 있습니다.
Written November 16, 2022
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Jonathan W
Manchester, UK74 contributions
Feb 2019 • Family
This place is horrendous. Clearly the animals are not happy at all. They are I'll treated and swinging a crocodile by its tail, is that not abuse? Most of the animals had NO water. It stank very badly. Elephants chained on very short chains. Tigers chained and drugged for photo opps. Very depressed chimps. The park is run down, dirty, stinky. The entry chart is high 350 baht. Where is the money going? Not for the welfare of these poor animals. We felt very sad here and left as soon as possible when we saw the extent of what is going on in this shameful establishment. The only plus point was the animals were somehow still alive, but can't say they are happy about it. Absolute disgrace and surely brings shame to Thailand and its people who seem happy to allow this to go on. Some Chinese toutists seemed happy to taunt the tigers and laugh at the creatures in distress. Perhaps thats the purpose of this place and I'm simply missing the point. Vile. This place needs to be shut down and the owners locked up.
Written February 22, 2019
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Jonathan A
2 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
We recently visited this zoo and were incredibly disappointed with the way they treated the animals. The elephants are skin and bones and tortured into submission in order to peform for tourists. We will not be making this mistake again and urge others to not support this horrible animal abuse
Written March 9, 2019
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Kimm F
Bournemouth, UK145 contributions
Nov 2018
This place is horrendous for the poor animals. Disgusting that they are chained and forced to perform for the entertainment of sick humans.
Horrendous.
Written November 27, 2018
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Glen S
Swindon64 contributions
If you have any interest in animal welfare then this place is not for you. We were on honeymoon and decided the Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm sounded fun and interesting. When we got there we initially saw isolated crocodiles in glass cages due to various deformities. There was no explanation of how these crocodiles became deformed but it was a wonder how some of them could eat and how they survived. The enclosures were small, dirty and clearly not the habitats they would choose for themselves. You were left feeling these mammals had no quality of life.

We walked further round to pools accessed via elevated wooden walkways holding what must have been hundreds and hundreds of crocodiles. Here you could buy raw chicken parts for around 20 baht and throw it to the crocs. This was quite interesting watching locals hold the meat out from the bridge and seeing the biggest of crocodiles open their massive jaws waiting for the meat to be dropped into their mouths. The sound they make when they shut their jaws as the meat hits their mouths is fascinating. This was the only enjoyable part of the day.

The temperatures must have been in the late 30 degrees whilst we were there and the smell from these pools absolutely stank and the crocs themselves looked unhealthy. We recently came back from a trip to Las Vegas where we saw similarly large crocodiles in significantly better and cleaner enclosures and as a result they looked significantly healthier.

Next we watched two entertainers in a concrete enclosure with several crocodiles. They performed various tricks including getting a crocodile to open its mouth whilst one of the entertainers put his head in it. It was interesting to watch - I didn’t think it was possible to train crocodiles in anyway shape or form but they definitely had some skill in handling these crocodiles.

From here we walked round to the zoo passing a baby tiger which you could have your photo taken with. My understanding is that these beautiful animals are sometimes doped to keep them placid and basically live a life in a permanently sleepy state with a load of tourists man handling them for a cheap photo. We moved on.

I have read about zoos that exist in poor countries where animals are kept in concrete cages and harm themselves or rock or pace the cage due to stress from boredom. I never thought I would ever witness one and although not an extreme of this stereotype in my opinion it certainly resembled one.

We saw bears, hippos, tigers, chimpanzees, an otter and various other animals. The bears and hippos were both kept in concrete enclosures with little space considering the size of the creatures and little plant life they would normally experience in their natural environment. They had little shade considering the water wasn’t deep enough to cover their bodies.

You can buy small bunches of bananas for around 20 baht to feed the animals. Feeling sorry for them we decided to buy several bunches. We quickly realised that this seemed the animals only stimulation as they pitifully put out their hands/paws or in the case of the hippos opened their mouths in the hope they would get some food. Feeding the hippos bananas seemed a ridiculous idea in hindsight – these incredibly large mammals with the biggest mouths and big appetites (they eat 68kg of food each day in the wild) begging for the tiniest of bananas. An otter, kept in a tiny bare concrete pit with a small water pool in the centre of it literally screamed at us for food. This scene particularly moved us.

As we moved round to the chimpanzees we found locals laughing at them as they taunted and teased them with bananas. One chimp went crazy throughout this trying to fight another chimp in an adjacent cage and then running angrily around his cage bearing his teeth, pounding the floor and looking distressed through boredom and frustration. At this point my wife started crying and we decided we had had enough and left.

We were left wondering if it had been a good idea to visit the zoo thereby at least contributing to their funds for one day to ensure the animals would be fed. However if no one visited this place then in time it would have to close down and I guess these animals would be re-homed in another zoo or (probably better for them) put down. Not one creature seemed happy, stimulated and all lived in habitats that in my opinion would not give them any quality of life. Oh, you could also buy a crocodile skin handbag or shoes on your way out if you wanted a souvenir of your visit.

There are so many historic and natural sights to see in Bangkok my recommendation would be to bypass this zoo in favour of them.
Written January 20, 2008
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Lewis G
2 contributions
Feb 2018 • Friends
Horrible, cruel and disgusting conditions for the animals. Elephants were chained up by their feet and couldn't even take a step forward. Chimps we're in tiny cells and the bear was in a awful cell. The alligators were all messed up and some were dead. This place was actually horrible it made me actually sick to be honest to see the animals in those conditions. The tigers were in tiny cells man it was awful!
Written February 6, 2018
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