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Songkran Festival 2014
Songkran

Welcome to Songkran Festival 2014
at Chiangmai Zoo

In Songkran Festival, you are invited to join us for the celebration of the Tradition Thai New Year at Chiangmai Zoo on 13th-16th of April, 2014.

Songkran Festival or the Tradition Thai New Year is also known as “Pi Mai Muang” in Northern Thai language Songkran is an important tradition for Thai families. Songkran provides the opportunity for family reunion. On this occasion, the young generations will return from other places to their hometowns.

Songkran festival takes place on April 13 every year. Songkran is a Thai word means to "move" or "change place" as it is the day the sun changes its position in the zodiac. Additionally, it was called “Water Festival” because Thai people believe that the Songkran tradition of sprinkling water on elders asks for the blessings or good luck as part of the cleansing ritual.

Thus, Chiangmai Zoo welcomes all people to come and join us for the Songkran Festival Celebration 2014.
Many activities as below:

1. Sprinkle Thai scented water on a Buddha image of     city from Wat Chai Mongkol, Wat Duang Dee,
    Wat mun Ngeun Khong and Wat Dubpai
2. Sprinkle water on elders for blessing
3. Experience the cultural performances and
    traditional in Northern style
4. Building sand pagodas sprinkled with scented water
    and decorated withflags and banners
5. See animal zodiac
6. Donate food to animal zodiac such as rat, ox, tiger,
    rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey,
    chicken, dog and pig.
7. Take a photo with a sheep and closely feed them


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Chiang Mai Zoo Activities Calendar 2014
Public Holidays in Thailand Activities

Apr. 12-15, 2014 --------------------Songkran Festival
May 1, 2014 -----------------------National Labour Day

Jun. 16, 2014 --------------------The 37th Anniversary
                                                of Chiang Mai Zoo

Jul. 11-12, 2014 --------------------Beginning of Vassa
Aug. 12, 2014 ---------------HM the Queen's Birthday

Special Activities
Dec. 2013 – Jan., 2014 ------------------Panda in the                                                            Winter Garden

Feb. 14, 2014 ---------------------------Valentine's Day
Mar. 2014 --------------------Animals Painting Contest

Mar. 13, 2014 -------------National Thai Elephant Day                                             (Jumbo Queen Contest)

May 23, 2014 -----World Turtle Day at Reptiles Zone
Jun. 2014 -------------------------------------Cat Contest
July 2014 ---------------------------------Feline Activities
Aug. 2014 ---Wildlife Animals Party (Mom and Baby)

Aug. 6, 2014 --------------The 14th Years Birthday of
                                          Panda “Chuang Chuang”
Sep. 28, 2014 ---------------------------The 13th Years
                                       Birthday of Panda “Lin Hui”

Opening New Zones Activities
Jan. 2014 ---------Opening Paca from South America
--Opening South America Zone (Jaguar and Macaw)

Feb. 2014 --------------------Opening for public to visit
                                                   Rhinoceros Hornbill

Apr. 2014 ----------------------Opening Australia Zone
May 2014 -----------------Opening Animal Show Zone
Jul. 2014 ----------------------------Opening Cats Zone
Sep. 2014 --Opening Arctic Animals Exhibition Zone

Floral Festival Activities
Dec. 2013 – Jan. 2014 ---------------Beautiful Wildlife
Animals and Winter Flower Garden as Tulip, Lily, and Salvia etc.
Feb. – Apr. 2014 -----------Floral Festival as Celosia,
Mather - in - law's Tongue, Verbena, Phlox, Impatiens, Sulfur Cosmos, Dendrobium, Siam Tulip, Cayenne jasmine, and Petunia etc.
Aug. – Sep. 2014 ---------------------Garden Trees as
Screw pine, Variegated Mondo Grass, Indonesian Ginger, Coleus, Spathiphyllum, and Begonia etc.

Vieng Ping Rose Garden -----Dec. 2013 – Jan. 2014
Feb. 2014, Apr. 2014, Aug. 2014

Lowland PaCa- New member of Chiang Mai Zoo

Lowland-Paca

Welcome new member of Chiang Mai Zoo “Lowland Paca”. Wait you here at “Chiang Mai Zoo”, visit us now.

Lowland Paca also known as the spotted paca, is a large rodent. An adult lowland paca weighs between 7 and 12 kg.

Lowland Paca found in tropical and sub-tropical America.
The lowland paca has coarse fur without underfur, dark brown to black on the upper body and white or yellowish on
the underbelly. It usually has four to five rows of white spots along its sides, against a dark grey background.

It has thick strong legs, with four digits in the forefeet and five in the hind feet (the first and fifth are reduced); the nails function as hooves. The tail is short and hairless.
The Lowland Paca is mostly nocturnal and solitary.

It lives in forested habitats near water and preferably smaller rivers. The Lowland Paca is a good swimmer and usually heads for the water to escape danger. It also is an incredible climber and it searches for fruit in the trees. Its diet includes leaves, stems, roots, seeds, andfruit, especially avocados, mangos and zapotes. It sometimes stores food.

Visit Lowland Paca everyday at Chiang Mai Zoo!!