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Hua Hin Zoo raided – animals taken away to sanctuaries

Wildlife officials including a national chief descended on Hua Hin Zoo Wednesday to take away a number of animals who they say were being kept there illegally.

Hua Hin zoo raidedRescued were two tigers, two Asiatic black bears, 5 wild deer, one fresh water crocodile and one male and one female elephant.

Owner of the zoo Prakorp Chamnankit, 52, claimed that everything was above board but the investigators found evidence that the paperwork for the animals did not match their appearance. Both ages and descriptions were wrong reported Tharath.

The animals were taken away to sanctuaries in Petchburi, Ratburi and Chonburi where they could be looked after.

Chaiyawat Limlikhitaksorn chief of the national parks and wildlife authority led the raid along with local officials including the boss of the Kaeng Krachan National Park Mana Phermphoon.

The zoo, in Hin Lek Fai sub district of Hua Hin previously faced a court order for the removal of various kinds of animals including bears, squirrels, otters, peacocks and owls that were ruled to be there illegally.

The raid comes in the wake of heightened awareness of animal rights abuses with the “Tiger Temple” in Kanchanaburi dominating the news of the last week.

Thai Visa / Thairath

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