The much awaited arrival of two giant pandas from China has drawn more visitors to Zoo Negara.
The pandas have been keeping visitors entertained with their antics at the Giant Panda Conservation Centre for the past couple of months.
The male panda was initially called Fu Wa while the female’s original name was Feng Yi. They have been renamed Xing Xing, which means prosperity and Liang Liang, which means pretty, respectively.
Information boards on panda-related facts adorn the bamboo walkway inside the cool and comfortable air-conditioned centre.
Located in Hulu Kelang, Ampang, Zoo Negara is a must-visit place, especially for tourists.
Visitors are free to plan their itinerary at the zoo which is set amidst thick foliage.
As you walk into the zoo, a photo corner with mascots greet visitors. A brochure with details of the zoo exhibits and a map costs an additional RM1.
Animals at the zoo are exhibited according to their group type such as at Amphibian World, Reptile House, Bird Aviary, Mammal Kingdom, Butterfly Garden and Ape Centre.
There are also stand-alone exhibits showcasing animals such as the Malayan tiger, elephant, giraffe, hyena, flamingo, tapir, bear, emu and kangaroo.
Visitors also have a chance to get up close with animals like the Ankoli Cattle as well as the Milky Stork which move freely.
Among the latest arrivals are Black and White Ruffed Lemur and White Bengal Tiger.
Other animals such as ostriches, giraffes, zebras, sable antelopes, Scimitar-Horned Onyx and rhinoceros also roam The Savannah area and visitors can watch them from huts nearby.
Visitors can also catch a glimpse of zookeepers and volunteers feeding the animals, including the Banteng Cattle.
Rabbits, deer, goats, and miniature horses can be seen at the Children’s World and the young ones can even pet these animals.
Last but not least, is the multi-animal show at 11am and 3pm daily (except for Friday with one show at 3.30pm) at the Zoo Amphitheatre.
Visitors had already gathered 15 minutes before the show’s start despite the rain to catch a glimpse of the animals performing.
The well-trained seals, with their ball-handling talent and quirky antics like clapping their flappers, were a crowd pleaser.
Bearcats, also known as Binturong, showed off their amazing skills, especially using their tails.
Restaurants, kiosks and souvenir shops are available within the premises.
The zoo operates daily from 9am to 5pm and the last admission is at 4pm.
For MyKad holders, admission is RM30 for adults, RM10 for children and RM15 for senior citizens.
For foreigners, the ticket for adults and senior citizens are priced at RM50 and for children, it is RM25.
To see the pandas, MyKad holders pay an additional RM20 (adult) and RM10 (children and senior citizen) while foreigners pay RM30 (adult and senior citizen) and RM15 (children).
The easiest way to get to Zoo Negara is by taking the LRT to the Wangsa Maju station and then a taxi to the zoo.
Visitors can also take Metrobus No.16 from Pasar Seni or Rapid KL’s U34 from the Wangsa Maju LRT station or U23 from the Titiwangsa station.
For details, visit www.zoonegaramalaysia.my or call 03-4108 3422/24.