Zoo to build bigger tiger enclosures


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 30 Mar 2003

By CHRISTINA TAN

MALACCA: Malacca Zoo plans to build a bigger home for the increasing number of captured tigers sent there, said director Mohd Nawayai Yasak. 

He said new enclosures would be built to accommodate up to 40 tigers. 

“We have sent a plan to the Federal Government and are waiting for a response,” he said. 

The zoo now has two enclosures, large enough for 24 tigers, including the one completed last month. 

“The new enclosure, at a cost of RM117,000, was built from entrance collection,” he said. 

The zoo has 22 tigers, including a captured female tiger which arrived from Kelantan on Friday. Eighteen are adult tigers. 

The female, weighing about 100kg and aged between four and five years old, was caught last week in a trap set by Kelantan Wildlife and National Park Department rangers at Kampung Kolam Air Panas. 

Veterinarian Dr Razeem Mazlan said there were deep cuts on the tiger's paws. 

“With the wounds, the tiger could lose its ability to hunt and may not survive,” he said, adding that the wounds could heal with proper treatment. 

Wild tigers caught in Perak, Kelantan and Terengganu were sent to the zoo, which has the most number of captured tigers in the country, Nawayai said.  

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