90% drop in visitors to Melaka Zoo since conditional MCO enforced in Klang Valley, says council president


MELAKA: The Melaka Zoo has seen a 90% drop in visitors since the ongoing conditional movement control order (MCO) enforced in the Klang Valley, says its management body.

Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council president Datuk Shadan Othman said the latest conditional MCO had badly affected the arrival of visitors to the zoo, to the extent that the menagerie's Night Safari operation has been temporarily closed since last week.

"We used to get 10,000 visitors (during the recovery MCO), but now hardly 1,000 due to the ongoing conditional MCO in other parts of the country," he said after receiving food aid for the animals from a private company at Melaka Zoo in Ayer Keroh here on Wednesday (Oct 28).

Melaka Zoo, which comes under the purview of the council, is also campaigning for firms and financial institutions to adopt certain of its animals with the aim of reducing monthly feeding costs.

Shadan said many private companies had also pledged support for Melaka Zoo in term of providing food for the animals during these challenging times.

He said the zoo needs about RM300,000 for animal food supplies on a monthly basis.

"There are 600 animals from 120 species exhibited at the zoo," he said.

The municipal council, Shadan said, has also formed a special committee to help tourism players within its jurisdiction.

He said many tourism players in Ayer Keroh, such as the Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary, are badly impacted due to the low arrival of visitors.

"I can't talk about the financial constraints suffered by other menageries but I am sure that their fates are similar to the Melaka Zoo," he said.

He said the committee will assist in the promoting the tourist attractions, look into providing a moratorium on certain taxes as well as lighting up the roads leading to the sites.

"The council will do it's part in aiding the tourism players and currently the plight of 15 such operators have been looked into," he added.

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