MALACCA: Malacca Zoo is giving away 100 complimentary tickets to schoolchildren in an aim to promote its latest attractions.
KAJ Development’s chief executive officer (group hospitality), Seow Cheng Swee said the zoo has undergone various changes and hopes to give the children an opportunity to see the new exhibits and fixtures.
The privatised Malacca Zoo, which is now managed under a consortium with the anchor company, KAJ Development Sdn Bhd as the major shareholder, offers a mini-safari apart from its popular Night Zoo.
Seow said that upgrades to the facilities will be continued while projects completed over the months include a brand new quarantine building, repaving major sections inside the zoo and converting fixtures at the zoo to complement Malacca’s Green Technology concept.
“The zoo now has all the facilities to manage efficient quarantine services to avoid any foreign health risks to the current animal population.
“We want the children to share their zoo experience with others as they are the best living testimony compared to adults,” he said.
He said the zoo management has also allocated more funds for the purchase of meat, fruits and vegetables for the animals while feeding time has been increased to ensure healthy animals.
“To put it into perspective, Malacca Zoo now spends more on the animal diets and also on their healthcare,” he said.
Seow said plans were also underway for the establishment of the region’s most natural and unique zoo where visitors could soon see camels, elephants, zebras and giraffe in their natural surroundings.
On the mini-safari, Seow said the recently opened site now offers visitors a view of the animals in their natural settings when walking through a 480m boardwalk.
He noted that animals, including Axis deers, Bawean deers, Girafee, Oryx, Greater Kudu and Waterbuck, are part of the exhibits at the mini safari.
Seow said specially designed enclosures and cages will be constructed for the visitors to get a closer view of the animals while enjoying the green-lung environment.
“Additional space will also be made available to accommodate more animals that we are planning to bring in over the next few years,” he said.
He said the zoo will also see a facelift to accommodate the animals, the unveiling of an aquatic hub at the zoo and a dedicated zoological garden.