Thailand’s ambassador, Ling Ping is to take two of Uganda’s mountain gorillas to Chiang Mai Zoo in order to promote gorilla trekking safaris in Thailand. Uganda and Thai have come to an understanding of promoting the tourism in order to improve their economies.
The director of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Manopat Huamuangkaew noted that these two mountain gorillas from Uganda are gifts given by Ugandan government to Thailand in order to promote gorilla tracking safaris. These are male and female gorillas aged between three and five years old. The ambassador said that gorilla tours will soon be part of Thailand’s tourism sector.
The gorillas have been given to the zoo following an agreement reached between the Thai and Ugandan governments during Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s official visit to Uganda. These gorillas will help in promoting Uganda as a tourist destination hence increasing gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.
This comes as a result that Thailand has just one gorilla, which is resident at the private Pata zoo in Bangkok. Manopat said he is concerned about the living conditions for the incoming apes, explaining that gorillas are social animals. He added that Thailand is preparing to build a new home for these two gorillas. This will help to tourists to come and learn more of the mountain gorillas.
The Thailand Ambassador said that the management of the Park needs to study how to improve the environment so that it is more friendly for these two mountain gorillas. In addition to that, he also expressed his concerns at the living conditions of the gorillas at the private zoo.
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