Khao Kheow Zoo invites visitors to watch migratory Pelicans

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CHONBURI, 17 June 2015 – Khao Kheow Open Zoo is inviting the general public to enjoy the pelicans, which have migrated to the zoo during the rainy season.

A large group of Spot-billed Pelicans were seen flocking to the reservoir of Khao Kheow Open Zoo’s Botanical Garden to catch small fish alongside the resident painted storks, forming a spectacular sight. The coexistence between the two groups of bird occurs yearly from June – August and can be found only at Khao Kheow Open Zoo.

Spot-billed Pelican or grey pelican is a type of large water bird. It can grow to a length of 140 centimeters. A Spot-billed Pelican has a large, expandable throat pouch which can scoop up fish from the surface of the water. The birds can be found in India, Eastern China, and Southeast Asian countries. Spot-billed Pelican is listed as an endangered species under Wild Animal Reservation and Protection Act, BE 2535.

The bird-watching activity is available two times a day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Those interested can call 038-318444 or visit the zoo’s website at www.kkopenzoo.com for more information.