8 Zoos to explore in Malaysia
One of 17 megadiverse countries, home to large numbers of endemic species.
The Johor Zoo is a zoo in Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia. It was opened in 1928 by His Royal Highness Almarhum Sultan Sir Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Sir Abu Bakar and named as the Kebun Binatang, which is Malay for Animal Garden, or zoo. At the time, the Johor Zoo was the first of its kind in Southeast Asia.
The Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre is an elephant sanctuary located in Temerloh in the state of Pahang, Malaysia. within the Krau Wildlife Reserve. The Centre was established in 1989 by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks, and forms a base for the Elephant Relocation Team, which since 1974 has been rescuing problem Asian elephants whose habitats are being lost to cultivation or development.
A gated attraction, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is a 20.9-acre public aviary in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is a popular tourist attraction in the country, receiving an annual average of 200,000 visitors. The Bird Park houses more than 3,000 birds representing more than 200 species in an enclosed aviary. About 90% are local birds and 10% were imported from countries such as Australia, China, Holland, Indonesia, New Guinea, Tanzania, and Thailand.
Malacca Zoo is a 54-acre zoological park located beside Ayer Keroh Highway in Ayer Keroh, Malacca, Malaysia. More than 1200 animals of 215 species can be found at the Malacca Zoo. It is the second-largest zoo in Malaysia behind the National Zoo of Malaysia. In 2007, along with the "Visit Malaysia" campaign, Malacca Zoo was visited by 619,194 visitors; the highest number ever recorded.
It was officially opened on 14 November 1963 by the country's first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman. Zoo Negara covers 110 acres of land which is situated only 5km from the city of Kuala Lumpur. It is an open concept zoo with over 90% of its animals being kept in spacious exhibits with landscape befitting its nature.