Video Presentation
Mr.Harold Chiang Mai Zoo Founder











Chiang Mai Zoo was establish in 1974 (A.D.) by Mr. Harold Mason Young an American missionary who came to Thailand as a volunteer to teach survival skill to soldiers on Thailand’s border. He rented a piece of land to take care of rescued animal which has been injured by hunters at the time and when the animal are recovered he started his reintroduction by return them to the jungle, but there were some very weak animal suffered from badly the wounds and some could not be able to survive or foraging in the jungle.

So Mr. Young took kept them at his animal shelter. Later on he opened his private zoo to the public as an animal education centre. When the number of animal increased he co-operated with Chiang Mai provincial government to approve the extension of the area where animal are kept to 9.6 hectares of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park. His animal educational centre opened on 6th April 1940. After Mr. Harold Mason Young passed away in 1974 the Chiang Mai provincial government transferred this small private zoo to the Zoological Park Organization and sustainable developing to be the official zoo of Chiang Mai since 16th June 1977. Chiang Mai Zoo has more than 80 hectares, houses more than 2,000 animal in an evergreen setting comprising two waterfalls, reservoirs, an open camping spots and research conservation areas. Chiang Mai Zoo also offers some spectacular views of Chiang Mai and provides lots of recreation and other facilities.


Chiang Mai Zoo has been supported under the patronage of his majesty the king and operates with the vision of keeping Chiang Mai Zoo as a leading education centre of valuable wilds animal and preserving the beautiful landscape of the north.


Chiang Mai Zoo operates with the vision of keeping Chiang Mai Zoo as a centre for valuable wilds animals and of preserving the beautiful landscape.

The mission of Chiang Mai Zoo is:

1. Chiang Mai Zoo will be a centre for displaying animal from the Northern hemisphere.

2. Chiang Mai Zoo aims to improve every animal exhibit to be natural-liked habitat.

3. Chiang Mai Zoo emphasized on beautiful landscaping all year round.

4. Chiang Mai Zoo aims to maintain the highest standards of services a leading tourist attraction for our guests as well as providing the wildlife learning base and providing them with vigilant health care.



Regarding wild-life conservation and development program, Chiang Mai Zoo helps protect animal in natural living and environment which is home and food resources to all animal also holds conservation and research activities by animal experts.

Regarding natural resources conservation section, Chiang Mai Zoo holds annual tree-planting program like dams buildings to restore the green space, grow grass for elephant and plants vetiver grass to prevent landslides and is always a battle field to preserve natural resources.

Regarding customer service, Chiang Mai Zoo continued to improve standard of the services and facilities to support tourist from all over the world.

Regarding social services, Chiang Mai Zoo provides an architectural-design and facilities for the disabled and elderly people, such as wheelchair, special walkways, special toilet.


Natural Resources Learning Center:

The source of edutainment and information, Chiang Mai Zoo is a big classroom for learning about wild life animal and the environment.

An edutainment project for students from all remote schools, the project provides a learning opportunity for all students in the Northern part to allowed students visiting the zoo without any fee, the exhibition, knowledge board of information at the hall of the zoo, mobile unite to inform knowledge outside the zoo.

Research and animal breeding:

Chiang Mai Zoo continued on animal research, about animal behavior animal breeding and provides useful knowledge to the public and to other sectors that are related as our main obligation.

Improving Scenery:

Chiang Mai Zoo will has wonderful landscape all year round, we’re growing many kinds of flowers, to express Lanna tradition. Chiang Mai Zoo will grow variety of orchids e.g. Rhododendrons and many kinds of northern rare flowers that you can not find elsewhere.

Lanna traditional conservation:

Chiang Mai Zoo will always play a part to conserved every Lanna tradition.
Moreover, Chiang Mai Zoo is also reconstructing an ancient temple called
“Wat ku Din Kao” from the Lanna period, founded over 800 years ago

Chiang Mai Zoo will continued on developing to become the best tourist attraction of the North that can be enjoyed by everyone.