Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Not too long ago, human primates were displayed in zoos for others' entertainment: Primates on Exhibit.

CHIMPANZEE GIVEN TO PRIVATE THAI ZOO TO PROMOTE TOURISM

Lop Buri Zoo to become monkey park
Published on Jul 31, 2002

The Zoological Park Organisation (ZPO) will give a female chimpanzee to the private Lop Buri Zoo as part of a cooperative effort to turn the zoo into a special monkey park to promote tourism in the province, the agency's chief said yesterday.

Lop Buri is an ancient city with monkeys as the provincial symbol. The provincial administration has, therefore, cooperated with the private zoo to build parks with various breeds and species of monkeys, said Phisit na Phatthalung, director of the ZPO.

The Lop Buri Zoo has a male chimpanzee named Tangme, so the ZPO will give a 20-year-old female chimpanzee, named Mint, from the Khao Khiew Open Zoo, to Tangme as a mate, said Phisit.

A Lop Buri-Bang Saen-Pattaya-Khao Khiew rally will be held on August 10 for Lop Buri people to receive Mint as a bride for Tangme, said Lop Buri Zoo director Samorn Srithandorn....