Phuket’s only zoo is fairly small but still provides an enjoyable day out, especially for families with younger children. It has the feel of a home zoo, which is how it began. The zoo covers an area of 10 hectares and is a fun place to see a large collection of animal and reptiles. There are more than 600 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 45 species of mammals.
The zoo is famous for its daily animal shows which feature performances by elephants, crocodiles, birds and monkeys. The zoo also features a “nocturnal house” containing hard-to-find creatures of the night, an aquarium, an orchid garden, and a butterfly garden.
One of the highlights of visiting Phuket Zoo is seeing the animal shows. For more information see animal shows.
The aquarium at Phuket Zoo is small but interesting and the air-conditioning provides welcome relief from the heat of the rest of the zoo. The entrance is a giant crocodile’s mouth. You have to walk down the crocodile’s throat to get in. On display is a large variety of both fresh and salt-water species from around the world.
Upstairs there are displays of smaller aquarium fishes, turtles, frogs, crabs, lizards, giant snakes, nocturnal birds and animals. There is also a display of seashells and fishing equipment, showing local and imported fish catching techniques.
The zoo is located about 1km down Soi Phalai off Chao Fa Road (East), half-way between Phuket City and Chalong, and about 25kms from Patong. There is a large billboard advertising the zoo at the intersection, which is quite easy to spot.
Open daily, 8:30 – 18:00.
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