Zoo Melaka, Melaka
The Malacca Zoo first opened its doors to the public many years ago – in 1963. Thirteen years later, in 1976, the facilities at the zoo were substantially upgraded for the convenience of the public.
Since Malacca is a historical cum touristic city / state, one might as well visit the zoo. It's a good zoo, besides the National Zoo in Hulu Kelang, Selangor. More information can be found in their website. Check it out. They're also open during the night for visitors to feel a night zoo.
They're open from 09:00 until 18:00 (Day Zoo) and 18:00 until 23:00 (Night Zoo)
The second biggest zoo in the country.At present, there are a total of over 1200 specimen made up of 215 species of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians in the zoo.The major attractions of Zoo Melaka are the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Malayan Gaur, Serow and the Indochinese Tiger. In line with the current zoo development, Zoo Melaka adopted an Open Concept and maintains the natural green environment.
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There is a great Vetinary Department which goes out everyday and treats animals with injuries or ailments in order to keep all healthy. This is also in charge of the conservation. Breeding between the species is regularly done, and in the three months i worked there, a number of feline cubs (panther,leapard cat,tiger etc), orang utan babies were born. ( i was lucky enough to call the newest orang utan addition "mya" and feed her bottled milk when she was born.
Animal shows which portray how smart some of the animals are, are also shown throughout the day. This is run by a company called "animal adventures" which is run by a chinese man called Jason Loh. He ensures that the animals are treated with utmost respect. You are able to have pictures and stuff taken with a number of animals in his (and his mahouts) care... which include, Pythons (snakes), tigers and macaws. During the orang utan show, you can also get a picture with an orang utan.
Entry is reasnably cheap, with around RM5,00 for an adult and RM2.00 for a junior, however i believe that malaysian school kids in their uniforms get it at reduced rate of RM1,00. However this was prices of 2004, prior to the night zoo being opened.
The Zoo, is a givernment run institute (since '79) and currently houses all the animals which have been confiscated from poachers or simply brought in from the wild owing to them being either too injured to re-release or for being to dangerous (ie, scarface - tiger with history of killing a number of people.) These are then taken care of, with many behind the scenes which visitors do not see. Although not an amazing zoo by western standards, is still a reasonable one, by asian standards. It also has a wide range of animals such as exotic birds, rare and endangered species
The Zoo, although underfunded, is attempting to improve conditions within the zoo all the time, and new exhibits are being built all the time. There is also research being done, throughout the zoo, on these animals, their habitats, etc. It has recently been promoted to house a night zoo, which means that you can see all the animals in their natural habitats at night.
One of my favourites used to be the safari like exhibit, which is the biggest in the zoo, and houses a number of species... Tourists and visitors are able to walk through this, via a overhead walkway, which gets you closer to the animals...
The zoo is quite a surprise for me as I did not expect it to be not that bad. I mean its not wonderful but not bad a zoo.
But as usual the animals dont look too happy and they are very filthy.
Go to the zoo only if you have no where else to go.
My first impressions of the zoo weren't that good, seeing how this poor cat was housed. However, the other enclosures looked better and the animals a little happier.