The atmosphere at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo is more circus-like than a zoo-like. The older tigers perform various tricks such as gracefully jumping through rings of fire, walking on their hind legs and doing dances with their trainers. There are also elephants included in the show and they literally steal the show with their basketball games and fashion shows. One of the most interesting tricks is the one performed with a crocodile. A trainer opens up the crocs mouth then puts his head in the crocs mouth!
There are other animals that call the zoo home. There are the Peruvian guinea pigs, ostriches, pigs, wallabies and deer. The zoo breeds tigers and it is endearing to see mother pigs acting as surrogate mommies to the baby tigers. There are times that piglets and tiger cubs suckle milk from the sow (mother pig).
Part of the zoos attraction is the feeding of the tiger cubs by guests. Tourists have the option to have their picture taken with the baby tigers and crocodiles. They could also feed the wallabies, ostriches and deer or simply observe the animals.
An exciting part of the zoo tour happens between the months of May to August. The Sriracha Tiger Zoo is host to the Crocodile Hatching Festival. This is the time when baby crocodiles are hatched. Tourists are allowed to view baby crocs gingerly break out if their eggs. Another attraction of the zoo is the Scorpion Queen where a woman wears more than a hundred live scorpions on her body.
The Elephant Museum is a curiosity as guests learn all about the history of the elephants in Thailand. The elephant is the national animal of Thailand. They are highly revered for they once served generations of Thai royalty.
Theres a pig race that is part of the attraction and the genius pig aptly named Piggy that can do math problems in 5 languages. If one gets hungry theres the S&R restaurant that serves both local and international cuisine.
A day at the Sriracha Tiger Zoo in Pattaya is definitely worth it. The atmosphere is conducive for the whole family. The Happy Family is definitely exhibited by the friendly relationship among tigers, pigs and dogs. Seeing a mom pig feed tiger cubs is an endearing scene. When in Pattaya it would be more advantageous if you book in Dusit Thani for a hassle-free stay and comfortable living.
The Sriracha Tiger Zoo is still up and running as it is supported by the Thai government. The zoo is open from 8:00am to 6:00 pm daily. On weekends all you can eat buffet is available.