Chiang Mai Night Safari is a nocturnal zoo located in Chiang Mai Province, Thailand. The safari opened in 2006 at the same year with the Royal Flora Expo 2006 in order to promote Chiang Mai tourism. It is the second night safari of the world
The safari is a piece of African savannah-cross-zoo,which has been recreated as one of Chiang Mai’s newest and most ambitious projects. It has more than 200 species from several continents and although it is best enjoyed at night, you can visit it during the afternoon, too.
The 320-acre site, annexed from the foot of the Doi Suthep–Pui National Park, includes a large lake surrounded by zoo-like enclosures and two ‘game drives’, where animals from Africa and Asia roam freely in larger fenced off areas. Some of the more docile species wander right up to the tram, but predators are kept behind security barriers. In addition, the Chiang Mai Night Safari has a very comfortable pavilion and the Lanna Village, with restaurant, Fun Plaza and a colourful musical fountain.
The safari was developed under controversial circumstances (without proper environmental impact studies). It was opened in time for the much-attended, three-month long Royal Flora Expo in December 2006, and modeled on a similar safari park in Singapore. Despite facing difficulties in securing animals from Kenya, the Night Safari is easily one of Chiang Mai‘s bestnewer attractions, designed professionally to provide a complete experience for all ages.
- Savanna Safari Zone is the exhibit zone mostly for animals whose habitat is in African savanna. This zone includes about 34 species and over 320 animals such as wildebeests, giraffes, white rhinoceroses, zebras etc.
- Predator Prowl Zone is the carnivorous animal zone which has approximately 27 species and over 200 animals such as tigers, lions, Asiatic black bears, crocodiles etc.
- Jaguar Trail Zone is a 1.2 km walking trail around the Swan Lake. This zone has over 50 species of 400 smaller animals in an environment of enchanting flower gardens. Animals in this zone include white tigers, jaguars, capybaras, clouded leopards, fishing cats, Brazilian tapirs, squirrel monkeys, miniature horses, crowned cranes etc.