Thursday, April 18, 2013

Melaka Zoo

The Zoo Melaka is one the star attractions of the old world city of Malacca. The Malacca zoo is situated in the town of Ayer Keroh located at a distance of 13 Kilometers from Malacca Town. The Malacca zoo(Zoo Melaka) used to be managed by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks of Malaysia, but since December 2012, the management of Zoo Melaka has been taken over by the state government of Malacca.
The expansive Zoo Melaka extends over 54 verdant acres and is structured as an open concept which ensures that the animals housed in zoo are comfortable in an environment that recreates their natural habitat. The Zoo Melaka is the second largest zoo in Malaysia after the National Zoo of Malaysia (Zoo Negara) in Kuala Lumpur. This zoological park is visited by approximately 400,000 domestic and international tourists annually and its exhibits include more than 1200 specimen that belong to more an 215 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Amongst the zoo’s many exhibits are displays of many indigenous and endangered native species like the Malayan Sun Bear, the Malayan Gaur Oxen, the Sumatran Rhinoceros, Serow (antelope-like mammals) and the majestic Malayan Tiger.
Aside from being a tourist recreation center, the Zoo Melaka also functions as an important center for wildlife research, conservation and breeding. The zoo aims to inform and educate the general public about native Malaysian fauna and the conservation of various endangered species. The zoo’s breeding program has been especially successful and several endangered local species like the tapir, serow, barking deer, sambar deer, panther and the Malayan tiger, have been bred at the Zoo Melaka. It is estimated that more 40 tiger cubs have been bred at the Zoo Melaka till date. Additionally, the zoo also acts as a refuge for abandoned animals and operates and animal adoption scheme.
Attractions and activities at the Zoo Melaka
The Big Cat Complex
The Zoo Melaka offers visitors to get up close and personal with its big cats like the Malayan tigers. Visitors can view these beasts from behind a glass panel or across an ‘Open concept’ water barrier. Both these methods make for an extremely thrilling experience.
Reptile House
The Reptile House at the Zoo Melaka exhibits some of the most fascinating species of the reptile world like the world’s largest snake-the Anaconda, the world’s longest snake-the reticulated python of Malaysia and other species like the Green tree python and the python molurus.
The Melaka zoo also offers various interactive activities for guests like a mini-safari which allows visitors to view animals at close quarters, a multi-animal show which features animals which are resident at the zoo and much entertainment and the chance for a photo opportunity with an elephant or an orangutan.  Additionally the zoo also offers tram rides, a night safari facility and horse/elephant rides, all attractions which are a big hit with visitors.
If your visit Malaysia expedition also includes a trip to Malacca then the Zoo Melaka should be penciled in as a must-do on your itinerary especially if you are traveling with children.
The Melaka Zoo is an extremely reasonably priced attraction and current admission rates are as follows:-
Admission Fees
Day Zoo
Adult – RM7.00
Child (5 – 12 years old) – RM4.00
Video camera – RM10.00
Night Zoo
Adult – RM10.00
Child – RM5.00
The above entrance fee for Night Zoo visit is inclusive of a guided tram ride.  However, it is worth mentioning that no cameras, video cameras or torch lights are allowed to be brought in for the night safari.
Operating Hours
Day Zoo
Open daily from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.
Night Zoo
Open on Friday, Saturday, Eve of Public Holiday and School Holidays from 8.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m.

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