Zoo Negara in Pictures – Part 1/3

Believe it or not that I have never been to Zoo Negara the 42 years of my life until last Thursday? The first zoo that I visited was the one at Penang Botanic Gardens when I was still a teenager. It was a mini zoo with kangaroos, wallabies, mousedeers, honey bears, deers and the two most famous resident orang utans called Impu and Impi.

There were also the pesky Long-Tailed Macaques that roamed the gardens and have no qualms in stealing food and whatever they could get their grubby paws on. I remember very well the Macaques running off with the windshield wiper of Dad’s car when we visited the place once. The only other zoo that I visited was the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park in Sabah last year.

So Wuan took me to Zoo Negara last Thursday. It was very hot when we arrived. I got to get in for free while Wuan paid the normal RM15 entrance fee. The zoo was generally accessible except for certain places like the path to the Ape Centre which had a rather steep gradient, the accessible toilet that I wanted to use which had a small step and the uneven surfaces on some stretches of the tarred road. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant experience wandering around the park enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of the flora and fauna.

The entrance to Zoo Negara Malaysia
Zoo Negara Malaysia.
Photo by Wuan.

Signboards at Zoo Negara Malaysia
Signboards inside the zoo.

Giraffes at Zoo Negara Malaysia

Wuan feeding the elephant with sugar cane at Zoo Negara Malaysia
Wuan feeding the elephant with sugar cane.

Painted Storks at Zoo Negara Malaysia
Painted Storks.

Author: Peter Tan

Peter Gabriel Tan. Penangite residing in the Klang Valley. Blissfully married to Wuan. A LaSallian through and through. Slave to three cats. Wheelchair user since 1984. End-stage renal disease since 2017. Principal Facilitator at Peter Tan Training specialising in Disability Equality Training. Former columnist of Breaking Barriers with The Borneo Post. This blog chronicles my life, thoughts and opinions. Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook.

6 thoughts on “Zoo Negara in Pictures – Part 1/3”

  1. Our zoo is generally quite rundown and not very well maintained. But the animals there always look happier than any other zoo I’ve ever been to. haha

    Wow, you animal whisperer! 😀

  2. Good for you, Peter! I havent been there almost 20 yrs ago. The zoo’s got alot potential actually…. sigh

    Well, here’s hoping they have more funds to upkeep the place better.

  3. Good to see you enjoy the zoo Pete.
    Well I think we humans have a lot to learn from these humble animals, say, living together peacefully eventhough different “species”.

    I am looking forward to going again soon.

  4. I havent been to the zoo in years as well! I remember the last time i went there it was pretty a sad situation with the animals looking that they were under fed! To start with i dont support the idea of a zoo in keeping the animals in captivity for us to go and see em!

    Imagine us keeping different kind of people of the world in cages so we can go see em at one place! just not rite isnt it? anyway…the least we can do is take good care of em.

    As far as funds are concerned, if the zoo does a good job..the money will come in as companies will look at it as a good way to channel their csr funds maybe??

    I hope someone who is a bit more interested and GENUINE does run it for the sake of the animals 🙂

    I have the same concerns as yours with keeping animals in captivity but I guess this is a win-win situation for animals that are going extinct or already are extinct in the wild and for people who would not have the opportunity to see these animals in the wild. The money from entrance charges and corporate sponsors are used to protect and maintain them and where they are kept safe from the biggest predators of all – homo sapiens.

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