Zoo Negara Malaysia is a non-governmental organization fully owned and operated by the Malaysian Zoological Society (MSZ).
The MZS’s mission is to conserve wildlife through breeding and by educating the public on the importance of wildlife preservation. This is achieved by continuous research on methods of breeding. Research projects at the zoo are assisted by local universities and colleges. Recreation is another part of MZS’s method in obtaining visitors to the zoo and thus spreading the message on conservation. Zoo Negara is funded by its gate collection, donation and sponsorship.
Annual visitation – 800,000 per year.
Founded / opened
Zoo Negara was officially opened in 1963 at its current location by Y.T.M Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia. Zoo Negara or the National Zoo was established by founder and first Chairman of MZS, Mr. V.M Hutson (Later known as Tan Sri V.M. Hutson).
In the early 1950s, Mr Hutson, an animal lover, took into his care animals that were abandoned or injured by illegal trappings. He housed them in his 5 acre garden at the Bangsar Estate (now known as Bukit Damansara, Kuala Lumpur).
Every weekend, large numbers of people drove out to the 3rd mile, Jalan Damansara where Mr. Hutson lived, and walked around his garden viewing these animals.
In the collection was an Indo-chinese Tiger named Nikky, three Orang Utans named Jacko, Suzan and Jane together with six Estuarine Crocodiles. This collection formed the nucleus for our National Zoo.
Zoo Negara focuses on the five main animal groups – mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds. 90%of our animals are from the tropical regions (rainforest & wetlands) of SEA and Asia. The rainforest and wetlands habitat is the main feature at Zoo Negara. 10% of our animals are from the African and American continent.
The major exhibits at the zoo are the Bird Aviary (which includes the Milky Stork Wetland Aviary), Reptile (which includes the False Gharial Exhibit) & Amphibian Park, Big Cats, Savannah Walk and the Ape Centre.
The Zoo is built on 49 hectares of land, much of which has not yet been developed and is reserved for future developments.
Zoo Negara currently has 120 staff.
Person-in-charge – The Director of Zoo Negara
Zoo Negara is divided into 9 departments;
Public Affairs (Public Relation & Customer Service) and Marketing
Maintenance and Development
(Each department is managed by the Head of Department.)
The CEPA activities are managed by the Education and Public Affairs & Marketing Department, assist and supported by the Zoology and Veterinary Department. CEPA activities are divided into two – formal and informal learning.
The Education Department manages formal learning while the Public Affairs & Marketing Department manages informal learning.
Key species / features
The key species that is the zoo’s main feature would be the highly endangered Milky Storks, Hornbills and the False Gharial which are currently breeding successfully.
The zoo’s objective is to breed an appropriate amount before releasing them back into the wild.(Please refer to our website; http://www.zoonegara.org.my/conservation.html). Other main features are our exhibits. (Please refer to our website; http://www.zoonegara.org.my/exhibits.html).
The MZS is dedicated to promoting the conservation, public appreciation and scientific understanding of wild animal species through operating Zoo Negara Malaysia to the highest possible standards for a zoological park and through assisting other zoos in Malaysia.
Plans on CEPA activities
Proper educational information boards for both flora and fauna
Monthly seminars and workshop for all to attend
Educational programmes with schools in the country
Recreational activities to attract a crowd
Active relations with local and foreign media
Active relations with commercial education magazines in the country
Interpretation and Major Exhibit
Education is one of the four pillars of Zoo Negara. In order to educate the public on wildlife, the medium of interpretation plays a major role.
There are several interpretation mediums that had been applied since the early years of Zoo Negara’s formation. This includes verbal interpretation – talks, guided tours, workshops and seminars; written interpretation – exhibitions, signages, magazine and brochures; visual interpretation – displays, website and electronic media.
The above interpretation mediums are developed from time to time parallel with the technology advancement.
The visitors of Zoo Negara are of different age groups, education background and culture. Therefore the medium of interpretation that is used must cater to everyone.
The international (English) and national (Bahasa Melayu) language is applied in all forms of interpretation and the layout design is kept simple and basic.
Major exhibits are designed with an opened concept to ensure clear visualization but still maintaining the optimum welfare for all animals.
All medium of interpretation and major exhibits are evaluated and reconstructed from time to time ensuring that both the public and the animals receive only the best services.
Zoo Negara aquarium exhibit
Teachers may obtain any required information from Zoo Negara’s website, through promotional brochures that are delivered to schools annually or by contacting the Education Department through e-mail or telephone.
All educational programmes are tailored to relevant curricular and the National syllabus.
Zoo Negara has produce a workbook that will assist teachers with the National Syllabus on Wildlife Classification. This book can be obtained FOC when students from primary 4, 5 & 6 visit the zoo. Zoo Negara is an effective open classroom. The workbook will ensure that school visits be more educational and worth while.
Informal (general public) learning
The zoo organizes animal interactive sessions where the public can obtain information on certain endangered animals and learn how to play a role in conservation. Interactive sessions are held during National Public Holidays and School Holidays at the Malaysian Tiger, Milky Stork, False Gharial, Bornean Orangutan, Malaysian Sunbear and Elephant Exhibit.
The train rides are a popular attraction at the zoo; tour guides or hired on weekends, Public Holiday and School Holidays to give out interesting facts on animals that can be seen on the train and to explain on general information about the zoo.
Zoo Negara participates in external exhibitions around the country to spread the message on conservation and the importance of wildlife preservation.
All CEPA activities on informal learning is managed and organized by the staff of Zoo Negara.
Zoo Negara’s volunteer programme is mainly to assist the zoo with all the above and also to provide experience on working direct and indirectly with animals.
Zoo Negara has one active membership – ‘The Neighbours of Zoo Negara’ membership which applies to Malaysian living in a two kilometre radius from the zoo.
Zoo Negara is an active member of:
The Malaysian Association of Zoos, Parks and Aquaria, MAZPA
The South-East Asia Association of Zoos and Aquaria, SEAZA
The World Association of Zoos and Aquaria, WAZA
We receive regular visit, attend and conduct regular seminars, workshop and conferences amongst members.
Seminars on relevant topics are held monthly by internal and external speakers from the above members.
Example of several training programs held at the Zoo Negara, ie: TRAFFIC Annual Workshop on Wildlife Trade, MAZPA Annual Keeper Training Cource, etc. Soon to come: 2007 SEAZA Conference
Dr Mohamad Ngah
Director of Zoo Negara
Zoo Negara / Malaysian Zoological Society
Address: Zoo Negara Malaysia, Ulu Klang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.
CEPA Activities (Contact)
Ms Selena Zahiruddin
Department Public Affairs & Marketing
Ms Nor Saliniza Ghazalli
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