Bangkok's Safari World is the latest destination struck off the tourist map. It was forced to shut down this week in the wake of the devastating flooding that's wreaked havoc upon portions of Thailand.
The proprietors of the zoo - one of the most popular destinations for families in Bangkok - had to close operations on Thursday after authorities opened a flood gate at a nearby canal following heated demonstrations by local residents. As the water rushed out, it overwhelmed the defenses, putting the animals inside in a damp situation.
For now, the animals are not at risk of harm; however the situation forced zoo officials to find dry ground for the zoo's numerous exotic animals.
The 500-acre Safari World houses lions, tigers, giraffes, and zebras among other animals. Photos and television footage from the zoo show the animals roaming around in hoof-deep waters.
Located in the Bangkok's flooded eastern suburbs, the park owners said that nearly 50 percent of Safari World is under water.
The attraction draws between 3,000 and 4,000 visitors a day, of which 80 percent are foreign tourists from Europe, the Middle East, and India. Safari World estimates its revenue loss at between B100 million and B150 million.
Safari World is the second Bangkok animal park to come under threat in recent weeks. The popular Dusit Zoo was forced to relocate many of its wild animals when floodwaters got too close last week.
Though Thailand's tourism officials have insisted that very few of the popular destinations are affected by the floods, more spots were forced to close temporarily over the past week, including many areas in central Bangkok.
If all goes well, Safari World plans to reopen on Nov. 10, 2011.