Dodgy zoo deal

8 08 2018

Everyone knows that the king wants the land that the zoo is on. What no one seemed to report until now is that he wants it now! Of course, the media doesn’t report it this way. They don’t dare.

It is clear that the zoo began as a private zoo for royals and in 1938 that  the “constitutional government asked King Rama VIII’s regency council to give this park to the Bangkok City Municipality to be open as a public zoo.”

By that we guess the zoo’s land belongs to the state or the Bangkok municipality. But like some other properties that once belonged to royals, they have somehow gravitated back to their ownership.

The story back in December seemed to be that the zoo would be transferring to a “300-rai plot [another report says 3,000 rai, but 300 is most widely reported] in the Klong Hok area of Pathum Thani’s Thanya Buri district, to be used for the new zoo.” That land was “granted” by the king. Others might consider it an unequal swap, but no one dares say so.

Now it seems that the 1,000 or so animals in the Dusit Zoo will all have to be transferred to other zoos around the country because not even the plans for the new zoo have been drawn.

No surprise there as back when the news first leaked, the Zoological Park Organization:

emphasised the royal grace of HM the King Rama X, who offered the larger land plot to develop the new modern zoo and enhance the ability to welcome more visitors, promote outdoor education for students and improve the wellbeing of the animals.

But “it did not specify a closure date for Dusit Zoo, the opening date of the new zoo or other details on the relocation plan yet.”

The ZPO now says the zoo “will close its gates for good at the end of this month…”.


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12 08 2018
On not being anti-royal | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] long background is a way of introducing a Bangkok Post editorial that raises questions regarding the opaque deal being done on the Dusit Zoo. This is a deal to return public space to the monarch. It is a part of […]

12 08 2018
On not being anti-royal | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] long background is a way of introducing a Bangkok Post editorial that raises questions regarding the opaque deal being done on the Dusit Zoo. This is a deal to return public space to the monarch. It is a part of […]

30 08 2018
Mid-week reading: monarchy, academics, hypocrisy | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] zoo. In it, he does dare to at least mention the king in the context of the zoo’s closure. We have also posted on this. He implies that it might also suit the military regime. So careful does the academic have to be […]

30 08 2018
Mid-week reading: monarchy, academics, hypocrisy, hope | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] zoo. In it, he does dare to at least mention the king in the context of the zoo’s closure. We have also posted on this. He implies that it might also suit the military regime. So careful does the academic have to be […]

5 09 2018
Boosting and boostering for the monarch | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the military junta has been aggressive in subserviently supporting the king’s political and economic moves and in promoting him in ways that have been both repressive and bombastically […]

5 09 2018
Boosting and boostering for the monarch | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the military junta has been aggressive in subserviently supporting the king’s political and economic moves and in promoting him in ways that have been both repressive and bombastically […]

28 01 2019
All the king’s servants III | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the royal “missing”: a 1932 plaque, a 1932/33 memorial, anti-monarchists and the former public properties now privatized as the king’s. Likewise, these moves are related to the “fear,” growing from a secret prison, deaths […]

28 01 2019
All the king’s servants III | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the royal “missing”: a 1932 plaque, a 1932/33 memorial, anti-monarchists and the former public properties now privatized as the king’s. Likewise, these moves are related to the “fear,” growing from a secret prison, deaths […]

18 05 2019
Hippo manure | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] took it, throwing out the zoo and all its animals years before a new zoo will be ready (see here, here, here and […]

18 05 2019
Hippo manure | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] took it, throwing out the zoo and all its animals years before a new zoo will be ready (see here, here, here and […]

1 08 2019
Rolling back 1932 one piece of property at a time IV | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] once a royal villa and palace. It was located in the Dusit Palace area, near the defunct Dusit Zoo, acquired by the king. It was a 72 room villa, first celebrated and used on 27 March 1901. It was a palace for five […]

7 01 2020
Erasing history and memory | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] including some fantastic modernist buildings, is long (and sad) but not comprehensive. For example, the zoo has been “given” to the king. This is not just a land grab, but is a part of the king erasing all symbols of 1932 from what he […]

22 09 2020
A tale of two demolitions | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] and grounds to the Crown Property Bureau in 2019…”. This is a bit like how the national zoo was “returned” to the king in 2018. This grasping is so the king can build an enormous […]




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