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Chiang Mai Night Safari deploys ‘DIY aircon’ for animals hit by heat, smog

Mar 10. 2021
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By THE NATION

The Chiang Mai Night Safari deployed a water-spraying truck on Tuesday in a bid to protect its animals from heat and thick smog caused by forest fires in the North.

On Tuesday morning, the Air Visual website ranked Chiang Mai as having the worst air quality in the world for three consecutive days, with an air quality index at the “very unhealthy” level of 225 points.

Benjaphol Nakprasert, acting director of the zoo’s administrator, said every year during the summer officials spray water around the Savanna Safari and Predator Proud zones before the attraction opens.

“The mist helps keep animals cool and reduces the spread of dust particles and smog,” he said.

“Also, some animals enjoy the sprays of water, including elephants, red river hogs and capybaras. Water spraying is like a daily treat for them.”

Covid-19 restrictions mean bookings for the Chiang Mai Night Safari in Hangdong district must be made online at www.chiangmainightsafari.com or the official Line account: nightsafari. The zoo opens daily from 11am to 9pm. For more information, call 0539 99000.

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