Update: Dusit Zoo on Friday postponed its closure to Sept. 30 due to the large number of visitors.
BANGKOK — It’s time to say goodbye to Thailand’s oldest zoo.
Authorities on Tuesday announced the definite closure of Bangkok’s Dusit Zoo by the end of this month, over 75 years after it opened. A new facility is being constructed north of the capital in Pathum Thani province.
The zoo’s hundreds of species will gradually be transferred to a new location in Khlong 6 of Pathum Thani’s Thanyaburi district, land designated by King Vajiralongkorn late last year. The space covers 300 rai (48 hectares), three times more than the current location.
The zoo’s closure was announced in December. The zoo opened March 18, 1938.