Zoo Negara has enough funds for the next half year but must prepare contingency plan, says Natural Resources Minister

PETALING JAYA: Zoo Negara has enough funds to keep operating for at least the next half year but its management must prepare a six-month contingency fund, says Datuk Dr Shamsul Anuar Nasarah.

The Energy and Natural Resources Minister also urged the zoo’s management to manage donations well, and to have an independent audit of its finances.

“The ministry notes that Zoo Negara has generated revenue, including donations from various parties of RM19.5mil from January to September this year.

“According to the records, expenses amount to only RM9.4mil as of now.

“As such, I am confident that Zoo Negara can continue its operations for the next six months at least.

“I would like to emphasise how important it is for Zoo Negara to manage the contributions it has received in a transparent and judicious manner.

“Zoo Negara has been asked to conduct an independent audit in order to increase the level of its transparency, and to increase the trust towards the zoo’s management,” he said in a statement on Thursday (Dec 3).

He said this following a meeting with the Malaysian Zoological Society (MZS), which is the management of Zoo Negara Malaysia.

The meeting was also attended by his deputy Ali Biju, ministry secretary-general Datuk Zurinah Pawanteh and MZS president Datuk Seri Zaharin Md Ariff.

Dr Shamsul Anuar said that the zoo has also been told to prepare a six-month contingency fund to ensure the continuity of its operations.

A business plan, he added, must be formulated and implemented to offer diversified and innovative products for online marketing.

“Programmes that are currently being run by Zoo Negara such as ‘adopt an animal’ can be continued to get donations from various parties to cover any financial needs,” he said.

Dr Shamsul Anuar also expressed the government’s commitment to improving the Zoo and Permanent Exhibition (ZPT) management in Peninsular Malaysia and to ensure its financial sustainability by reviewing the Wildlife Conservation Act.

He also said the government has implemented projects to upgrade Zoo Negara since the 7th Malaysian Plan, develop the Giant Panda Conservation Centre, and help prepare a world-class zoo business model.

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