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National Zoo of Malaysia
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National Zoo of Kuala Lumpur is unlike any other zoo in Malaysia. It, being a safe haven for thousands of a variety of animals, including endangered species, is worth your while especially if you don’t plan on traveling to places where you can view the animals in the wild on your own. A trip down the zoo is effectively a fun trip, no different in the National Zoo of Kuala Lumpur.
The National Zoo of Kuala Lumpur also known as Zoo Negara (zoo in the jungle) in Malaysia is based on 45 ha (110 acres) of land in Ulu Klang , close to Taman Melawati, north-east Kuala Lumpur. It is home to 5137 animals of 459 various species, so all you photo shooting enthusiasts, get your cameras ready because there are lots to ‘click away’ in this zoo.
The zoo has modified itself over the years to an open abstraction zoo with more than 90% of its animals living in immense exhibits with the environment suiting its nature.
HistoryMAHA (Malayan Agri-Horticultural Association) opened a mini-zoo in the year 1957. After the mini-zoo’s development, the notion of a proper zoo slowly gained momentum, and the federal government selected a location in Ulu Klang, Selangor near the border of Kuala Lumpur. Ulu Klang was an undeveloped green area in the 1960s. The zoo was opened to the public in 1963 by the first prime minister of Malaya, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Malaysian Zoological Society, a non-governmental organization manages the park and the zoo depends on support from sponsors and donors, and gate collections for funding.
On February 14th, 1966 the National Zoo of Kuala Lumpur received its millionth visitor, just 3 years after its opening and it started receiving more than 1 million visitors yearly by 1986. This boost was greatly contributed by increased population, increased land value and the development of areas surrounding the zoo.
There were plans to relocate the zoo to other parts of Selangor between the late 1990s and early 2000s, however, facing opposition from the people who saw it as an effort by some developers to exploit the value of the zoo’s extensive land and with the support from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment at Selangor State Government, the zoo’s relocation plans failed.
ExhibitsNational Zoo of Kuala Lumpur has 16 exhibits.
Monkey and Lesser ApesThey include siamang, gibbons, silver leaf monkeys, pig-tailed macaques and long-tailed macaques.
Reptile ParkThis park has both indoor and outdoor exhibits. It consists of estuarine/saltwater crocodiles, false gharials, freshwater crocodiles and dwarf crocodiles. It also showcases terrapins and tortoises including local Tutong/river terrapins and Aldabran tortoise which is the 2nd largest tortoise species worldwide.
The snake collection includes several venomous snakes and reticulated pythons.
The Amphibian World center, also in the reptile park, contains various frogs and toads from different habitats in Malaysia.
Lake BirdsYou’ll find ibis, painted storks, milky storks, swans, egrets and pelicans.
Malaysian ElephantsThis is home to 3 Malaysian elephants namely Triang (21 year old male), Sibol (23 year old female) and Siti (24 year old female). The three elephants have been in the zoo since they were very small.
Nocturnal ExhibitsIt is an indoor exhibit of fruit bats (the largest bat worldwide), sometimes referred to as ‘flying foxes’, as well as Malayan tapir and mousedeer.
Bird AviaryThe Bird Aviary is home to more than 100 species of birds as well as various free flying birds. In it, also, is a Birds Photo corner that allows visitors to take souvenir photos with different cockatoos and macaws but only on weekends.
PouchlandThis is home to various marsupials including kangaroos, pademelons and wallabies.
Children’s WorldThis exhibit houses various domestic animals such as ducks, chicken, rabbits, guinea pigs and parrots that move about freely. It also contains a miniature forest with various plants and insects, and a mini-aviary, mini horse barn, fish pond and playground.
Savannah walkThis is among the greatest ideas of the zoo's exhibits. It is home to zebras, giraffes, ostriches, sable antelopes, scimitar horned Oryx and white rhinoceroses.
Bear ComplexIt contains several types of bears such as Malayan sun bear, brown bears and Asiatic black bears.
Mammal KingdomThe Mammal Kingdom includes flat-headed cats, golden cats, pumas, raccoons, leopards, capybaras, binturong, porcupines, otters and Brazilian agoutis.
Nile HippopotamusThe zoo has three Nile hippopotamuses- Kibu, Duke and Chombie who was born at the zoo, as well as pygmy hippos.
Freshwater AquariumThe National Zoo of Kuala Lumpur’s Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium is the first ecological-based aquarium, which features the wetlands and Malaysian river. The aquarium has fish commonly found in Malaysian rivers, and the rare and endangered species and invertebrates- corals, crabs, aquatic insects and prawns.
Cat WalkThe Cat Walk highlights Asiatic lions, African lions, Malayan tigers and Bengal tigers.
Ape CenterThis is home to chimpanzees, orangutans, Sumatrans and bornean.
Insect ZooThis is the most recent attraction to the zoo displaying over 200 insect species from all over the world. The Insect Zoo is the first of its kind in Malaysia and the largest in the region. Some of the insects include butterflies-tree nymph, Rajah Brooke’s birdwings and Indian leafwing species, orchid and man-faced stink bugs, dead leaf mantises, tarantulas, and Malaysian giant scorpions among others. The zoo is working towards acquiring the largest and longest butterfly sanctuary worldwide.
Other AnimalsThey include seladang, gaur, banteng, bearded pigs, wild boar, sika deer, chital, sambar deer, barasingha, sugar gliders, red lechwe, nyalas, guanacos and swamp deer.
Side attractionsThere is a multi-animal show, shown twice every day, showcasing macaws, macaques and sea lions.
You can access train rides and guided tours on weekends.
There is also a miniature bee museum situated in the middle of the zoo to help educate its visitors about the several types of bees in Malaysia and multiple animal photo corners located near the main entrance of the zoo, open on weekends only. Visitors can have their pictures taken with birds, mini-horses and snakes.
Accessing via Middle Ring RoadFrom Ampang , take a u-turn at the Taman Melawati exit then, take the first left.
From Gombak, take the first left after the Taman Melawati exit flyover. Board the Metrobus bus 16 from Central Market, which will bring you to the zoo entrance.
Using Kelana Jaya Line LRT, get down at the Wangsa Maju LRT station and take a taxi or the feeder bus to the zoo.
Entry ChargesAdults are charged 15 RM while children (between ages 3 and 12 years) as well as senior citizens (60+) are charged 5 RM.
The zoo is usually open to the public Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm. Weekends, as well as public holidays, are open between 9.00am to 1.
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Author: LisaN505. Last updated: May 12, 2015