Melaka is one of the favorite travel destination in Malaysia among tourist due to it’s rich culture & heritage. There are many Melaka attractions popular among tourists. For family & kids, there is no better place to visit in Melaka then the Melaka Zoo.
Melaka Zoo is the second largest zoo in Malaysia with 54 acres of land. The largest zoo in Malaysia is Ulu Klang National Zoo, Zoo Negara. The zoo is located near Lebuh Ayer Keroh, a highway in Ayer Keroh town. At the Melaka Zoo, the visitors can find more than 215 species of animals. Melaka zoo was established since 1963 by Melaka state government, but the zoo has been privatized from the year 2013 onward.
If you are visiting Melaka with your family, one of the recommended things to do in Melaka is to visit the zoo of Melaka.
Melaka Zoo & Night Safari
Melaka Zoo is now known under the name – Melaka Zoo and Night Safari. The zoo was a wildlife rescue base and opened to the public only since 1987. Animal exhibit is not the only aim of the zoo, but the new management encourages animal breeding and conservation by providing wildlife education program.
At this zoo, the animals are exhibited in spacious enclosures as opposed to the caged enclosures. Every year, over 4,00,000 visitors come to the Melaka Zoo. The visitors to the zoo is mainly from Melaka and neighboring states aside from the tourists. There are more than 1200 animals in this zoo, which includes reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds. The main attractions of this zoo are Malayan Gaur Oxen, Malayan Tiger, Serow, Malayan Sun Bear, and Sumatran Rhinoceros. Melaka Zoo allows people to adopt animals. The night safari allows the visitors to see nocturnal animals in their own habitats.
Adoption of Wild Animals Program
The adoption scheme of the Melaka Zoo allows ordinary people, corporate bodies and private companies sponsor any wildlife animal in the zoo. The sponsored money is used to meet the cost to maintain the animals. The funds sponsored is deposited into the trust fund of Melaka Zoo. The fund is used to meet the requirements of animals such as additional food, to improve the enclosures and medication. The sponsorship of the animals can be renewed every year. The sponsor can either change the animal or continue to sponsor the same animal.
You can adopt an animal at a cost of RM 100 per year. The sponsors of animals can enjoy certain privileges in the zoo. The sponsor can enjoy a free entry to the zoo. The sponsor can take the photo of the adopted animal along with the fact sheet. The zoo also provides an adoption certificate. Kids also can adopt an animal at an annual cost of RM 50 per year. The kids also can enjoy the same privileges as that of the adult sponsors.
Some of the major attractions of the Melaka Zoo are mini safari, zoology museum, reptile house, and multi-animal show, interact with elephant, elephant rides, pony rides, tram ride, night safari, night fishing, and big cat’s complex.
Conservation of Endangered Species
Melaka Zoo is working hard for the conservation of endangered species by breeding them successfully. Some of the species that are bred successfully are Panthers, Serows, Sambar Deers, Tigers, Barking Deers, Tapirs, and other such species. The Melaka Zoo also exhibits endangered species such as Malayan Gaur and Sumatran Rhinoceros.
Zoo Opening Hours
The opening hours of the Melaka Zoo are from 9am to 6pm. The sale of the zoo entry tickets will be closed at 5.30 pm. Night safari is available on Friday and Saturdays, and the eve of school holidays and public holidays. Melaka Zoo Night Safari will be from 8pm to 11pm. The night safari ticket sale will be closed by 10.30pm.
Entry Ticket Charges
Admission for children below the age of 3 is free. Special tickets can be purchased for groups, students and corporate. The charges are applicable for both day zoo entry and night safari. For Malaysian adults of the age group or 13 to 59, the charge is RM 16.90 and for children of Malaysian origins of the age group of 4-12, the rate is RM 6.80. Malaysian senior citizens have to pay RM 6.80 per person. Foreigners have to pay different rates. A foreigner adult has to pay RM 22.50 and foreign children have to pay RM 16.90 to enter the zoo premises.
Facilities in the Zoo
Food and beverage outlets are located within the zoo premises. Enjoy the tasty dishes that range from local Malayan food to western at these outlets. Ice-creams are available at the ice-cream kiosks. From the souvenir shop at the zoo, the visitors can purchase various collectible souvenirs. On the premises, the visitors can find restrooms, baby changing area, lost & found, locker, first air station, and parking area.
If you are planning a day out with kids in Melaka, then a trip to Melaka Zoo should be on your to-do list. Kids can learn about various species of animals & birds in a day while roaming around in the Zoo. Share your story of Melaka Zoo or a snap taken by adding comments below.
Address: Jalan Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka
Phone: +61300 22 3000
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