Zoo drawing bigger crowds

The number of visitors to the Kemaman Zoo and Recreation Park was higher than usual during the recovery MCO last year. — Filepic

ALTHOUGH the tourism industry is facing challenges, the number of visitors to the Kemaman Zoo and Recreation Park (TRZK) in Terengganu jumped by 49% in 2020.

Terengganu tourism, culture and digital technology committee chairman Ariffin Deraman said TRZK received 114,252 visitors last year compared with 76,633 visitors in 2019.

“Despite a few month’s closure at the beginning of last year due to the movement control order, the number of visitors to TRZK was higher than usual when the recovery MCO was implemented later that year.

“Between last July and August, we received up to 3,500 visitors daily, compared with 2019 when the daily admissions were about 200 to 400 visitors, ” he told Bernama when contacted.

TRZK, which opened in August 2009, now has 589 animals comprising 433 birds, 84 mammals and 72 reptiles, amphibians and fish.

The cost of animal care including food and treatment was about RM52,000 per month using allocations from the state government and the Kemaman Municipal Council (MPK).

The state government and MPK also spent RM100,918 last year to repair the facilities in TRZK.

On TRZK plans when the MCO comes to an end, Ariffin said it would begin with firefly-watching activities at night with the entrance fees priced at RM25 for adults and RM15 for children.

“Besides that, the 50% discount offer for the admission fee to TRZK will continue until June.

“For the Yak Yah River Cruise, we also offer a 70% discount for adults and 80% discount for children.

“With these offers, the admission tickets to TRZK are RM5 for adults and RM3 for children, while the ticket prices for the river cruise are RM5 for adults and RM2 for children, ” he said. – Bernama

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