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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:10 AM   #1
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ZOOLOGICAL Malaysia News

jom jalan jalan pergi zoo negara

i dunno whether to post this under Mamak (got mamak stall kat area zoo negara ker? never come across..) or Urban (KL denizens living in an open zoo.. ha haa) anyway.. and also, i dunno whether previously ada or not any threads in regards to our beloved Zoo Negara (sounds more like i malas nak go thru the archives.. ya la, sounds more like it but here is my first entry..

World-class Zoo Negara by 2015

BY LISA GOH
Zoo Negara aims to become a world-standard facility by 2015 with a cage-free environment, Zoo Negara director Dr Mohd Ngah said.

“We hope that by then most of the animals will no longer be caged but will be separated from the public by means of a moat, like those of our large cats’ enclosures now,” he said.

He said the 42.5ha zoo still had about 30% of land to be developed and it was hoping that its request for an allocation of RM150mil would be approved under the Ninth Malaysian Plan.

“We hope to improve the public amenities – perhaps providing a canopy walk and such in the safari area which we expect to build in the 30% of land yet to be developed,” said Dr Mohd Ngah.

He also said that if all went well, Malaysia would, for the first time, play host to the International Zoo Convention in September 2007, where issues of recreation, education, conservation and research would be discussed. He was speaking at a press conference after a cheque presentation yesterday by HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd.

HSBC donated RM100,000 for the maintenance and upkeep of the zoo’s seven Sun Bears and three Brown Bears.

“This sum is the biggest-ever sponsorship received from one organisation and we deeply appreciate it,” said Zoo Negara chairman Datuk Ismail Hutson.

HSBC deputy chairman and chief executive officer Zarir J. Cama said it was important to help preserve the flora and fauna, and to sustain the environment.
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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:28 AM   #2
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This is the right place .....was about to post the same article when I stumble across this thread

Anyway great news ya
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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:33 AM   #3
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thanks szehoong for being the first reader.. as a claim, u can go to ZN this weekend and get ur reimbursement from me stms in AUgust.. he hee
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Thanks for the prize! Does this includes a free ticket to watch Madagascar?
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Zoo Negara?? *fingers crossed*
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Old June 7th, 2005, 09:07 AM   #6
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Thanks for the prize! Does this includes a free ticket to watch Madagascar?
oh yes indeed... also inclusive of
a. all u can eat at ZN KFC
p. picture taken with Salmah the Orang Utan
c. gigling with Herb the Hyena
d. supper with Anna the Hyppo
and.... the last one is the most anticipated one, slumber party with Leo the confused Lion.
okay or not?
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Old June 7th, 2005, 09:08 AM   #7
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Zoo Negara?? *fingers crossed*
eh y?? ZN is not haunted u know.. esp at the Night Safari section.. ooppsss.
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Old June 7th, 2005, 03:40 PM   #8
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eh y?? ZN is not haunted u know.. esp at the Night Safari section.. ooppsss.
It's like so far away from where I stay and not much attractions.... the last time I visited the place was when I was 8 or 9yo i think... Since then hardly heard anyone talking about going to Zoo Negara (except for the old KFC's commercial)....

Same to the Planetarium and Science Centre... what ever is happening in those 2 places?
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Old June 7th, 2005, 04:18 PM   #9
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Same to the Planetarium and Science Centre... what ever is happening in those 2 places?
both places were hijacked by the martians and were taken back to their planet. awfully sad eh?

still there la.. use mainly for research etc.. though at times there will be loads of schoolbuses having a tour o/there.
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Old June 7th, 2005, 04:53 PM   #10
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Quote:
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oh yes indeed... also inclusive of
a. all u can eat at ZN KFC
p. picture taken with Salmah the Orang Utan
c. gigling with Herb the Hyena
d. supper with Anna the Hyppo
and.... the last one is the most anticipated one, slumber party with Leo the confused Lion.
okay or not?
Haha! Leo the confused lion ~ the poor thing believes he’s a lioness. :whisper: I heard Leo enjoys a cuddle or two and gives you sloppy good night kisses as well.

Anyway, its a good move but why 10 long years to become world class?
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Old June 7th, 2005, 08:40 PM   #11
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The location itself is hardly "world class"....

Wish the authority relocate this attraction to a real world class location.

At the same time, create a world class mini city zoo near to the city center. Lake Garden is a good location for this tourist magnet attraction. This city zoo could be merged with the current Bird Park, Deer Park, Orchid Garden and other parks in that area to create a big world class attraction.
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Old June 8th, 2005, 08:46 AM   #12
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:whisper: I heard Leo enjoys a cuddle or two and gives you sloppy good night kisses as well.

Anyway, its a good move but why 10 long years to become world class?
he did not... the last time we had a slumber party with him, he simply ignored me. how rude..

y 10 yrs? dunno, mayb they are aligning their persective in a clearer direction again.. with all the 'ruffle in the feathers' they were experiencing lately..

hey.. u know farouk the white rhino at the zoo? is he still there?
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Old June 8th, 2005, 08:59 AM   #13
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Only been to zoo negara once...ok lah..zoo melaka is not bad
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Old June 8th, 2005, 05:11 PM   #14
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Ooo..i nvr been to Zoo negara..hahaha..although i came to KL so may times liao..hahaha
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Malacca Zoo appeals for donations

Malacca Zoo appeals for donations
Saturday September 9, 2006
TheStar


MALACCA: Cash contributions for the Malacca Zoo’s adoption scheme has reduced by more than 50% compared to last year and the total contribution of RM123,660 this year is insufficient to cover even a month’s supply of food for all its animals.

The amount was 55% less compared with the RM280,000 collected last year.

Malacca Zoo director Mohd Nawayai Yasak said this year had one of the lowest collections since the zoo started the programme in 1989, although the number of contributors has increased by eight to 55.

“The economy may be the main factor why some of the sponsors have reduced the amount of contribution and others quit contributing to the adoption programme,” he said after the animal adoption scheme cheque presentation ceremony held at the zoo in Ayer Keroh here recently.

The adoption scheme provides an opportunity for individuals, private companies and corporate bodies to sponsor wildlife species in the zoo.

The sponsorship will help support the cost of maintaining the animals.

Mohd Nawayai said collection for the scheme hit its lowest during the financial crisis in 1998 and 1999.

Even though the sponsorship helped reduce 2.5% of the zoo’s annual expenses of RM5mil, he said the zoo still hopes more people will contribute to promote wildlife conservation.

Mohd Nawayai added that various strategies had been planned to attract more visitors and increase income.

The zoo added two attractions lately, which are the free-ranging orang utan and tiger complex.

Malacca Zoo is the first in the country to have free-ranging orang utan, where three Simians can be seen swinging freely in the compound without an enclosure, he said.

Mohd Nawayai added that the new tiger complex housed six exhibit enclosures for the Malayan tiger, Black Panther, Lion and Clouded Leopard.

He said the zoo will hold more activities and improve its food and beverage outlet.

Mohd Nawayai said gate collection made up 86% of the zoo’s total revenue; while food and beverage contributed only 4% and 14% was from other sources such as rental.
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Amphibians on display at Zoo Negara
Thursday February 21, 2008
Story and photos by GRACE CHEN
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ZOO Negara has renewed its study on frogs to educate the public on the importance of their preservation.

The declining population, said zoologist Dr Mohamad Ngah, is something that everyone should be concerned about.

“Frogs are the frontline indicators of the environmental conditions because they breathe through their skin. If the environment is not suitable for them, then it will not be suitable for us too,” he said.

The scientist also cited examples of rising dengue cases being linked to the depletion of the frog population.

“Some species of frogs feed on mosquitoes but because their numbers have decreased due to poaching, habitat destruction and pollution; the pests have multiplied, “ he pointed out.

Another cause for concern is the baffling destruction of frog species caused by the onset of chytridiomycosis, a fungi specie thought to only feed on dead frogs.

However, in 2000, scientists discovered that the fungus had mutated into feeding on the skin of living amphibians.

According to Dr. Mohamad, chytridiomycosis caused 50% of frogs to go extinct worldwide and the fastest rate of destruction of a species documented.

The current hot spot for chytridiomycosis is Japan where the entire frog population of one of its islands has been completely wiped out. It is not known if the disease had reached Malaysian shores .

Dr Mohamed said the purpose of the current frog programme at Zoo Negara is to identify the different species of local frogs, including their life cycle and how to breed them.





Diverse creatures: Some(above and below right)
of the 18 species of frogs currently at Zoo Negara .




On the successful completion of this phase, the veterinarians will then work on researching the endangered species, induce them to mate within their microclimates and hopefully release their young back into the ecosystem.

“In South East Asia, Zoo Negara is the first to embark on such a programme.

“Our goal is to attain knowledge first and the time will come when we will be up to a level where in the case of an outbreak (of frog annihilating diseases), we will be ready with a rapid response team,” he said.

In addition to knowing the frog species, the programme is also aimed to educate the public about the effects of pollution.











“I hope this will bring about an awareness for the public to stop throwing rubbish into the streams,” he concluded.

The frog project is currently under the care of veterinarian Dr Mohamed Reza Tarmizi, 26. There are 18 species of frogs presently residing in Zoo Negara.

In Malaysia, there are 200 known species of amphibians including frogs, toads and caecilians.

The exhibits will be on display during Zoo Negara’s opening hours.
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New arrivals at Zoo Negara
Wednesday March 5, 2008
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ZOO NEGARA is proud to announce 200 new births in addition to 5,137 animals from 459 species in its care.

Among the new additions born last year which can now be viewed by the public is the Nile hippo calf that was delivered in June, a red-legged pademelon (from the marsupial species) born in September, four silver leaf monkeys and a litter of capybaras that were delivered in November and December respectively.

According to the zoo’s veterinarian Dr Mohammad Danial Felix, the successful breeding of a species is an indication that the zoo is doing something right where animal husbandry and nutrition are concerned.

“The first person to know whether an animal is pregnant is usually its keeper. They will then report their conditions to us and we will monitor them closely,” said the 37-year-old Dr Mohammad Danial.






Close to you: Media officer Thayalan Raman patting the docile capybaras,
but note that ma and pa are shielding their young, just in case.





To the veterinarians and keepers, the arrival of a baby animal is always an emotional affair and if it does not survive, there is a feeling of loss. Nevertheless, Dr Mohammad Danial maintained that the zoo policy was to let nature take its course with as little interference from the keepers as possible. This did not mean that the animals were left to fend for themselves. The objective is to create a conducive atmosphere within the animal enclosure and provide them with enrichment programmes to keep them stimulated.

In order to carry this out successfully, the keepers must be familiar with the habits and behaviour of the animals in their charge. Pointing to the Nile hippo’s eight-month-old calf as an example, the keepers had anticipated that the mother’s sister might attack the new calf so barriers were built to keep her away from the mother and the young one..

It is only in special cases where the vets would order the separation of the newborns from their mothers. One case involved a particular female hyena. From past records, the hyena had a tendency of eating her young. Dr Mohammad Danial said that he was determined that the next time the hyena had new cubs, they would be given a chance of survival.

The keepers of most species however reveal that most animals are generally protective of their young. The female silver leaf monkey, for instance, won’t leave its young for long and just a slight cry of distress will bring the mother running. Even the docile capybara will become visibly outraged if the safety of its offspring is at risk.

Observing the newborns with their mothers is one way for the zoo to enrich public knowledge on wildlife conservation through education and research.

Ironically, “human beings are the hardest species to manage”said Dr MohammadDanial.

“They dump rubbish into the animal enclosure, steal latches from the zoo toilets, offer cigarettes to the monkeys and throw plastic bags at the risk of choking the animals. And despite clear signs requesting people not to tap the glass case of the reptile house, they continue to do so and stress the snakes,” he said.






Watch your step, mister: The adult Nile hippo has a history of charging at
strangers who try to get close to her calf. One such incident involved the
famous Dr. Brady Barr when he visited the zoo in 2006 while the hippo was
expecting. Keepers have unofficially named the calf Brad after the celeb vet.





For volunteer work or animal sponsorship, Zoo Negara can be contacted at 03-41083422.
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M’sian zoo negotiating for two pandas from China
Updated: Thursday January 1, 2009 MYT 7:51:20 PM

KUALA LUMPUR Zoo Negara is negotiating with China to get two giant pandas.

The estimated cost for the programme is about RM30mil

Its director Dr Mohamad Ngah said that Malaysia was currently eyeing the giant pandas, ringtail lemurs, white tigers, and golden monkeys from the Chinese zoos.

“On our end, we might be sending them our milky storks and painted storks, and other animals which we have in surplus.

“We are currently still looking at each other’s surplus list. It has to be a fair exchange, of course,” he told reporters after the launch of the zoo’s loyalty card programme on Thursday.

He said Zoo Negara had been working on the exchange programme for two years now, and so far they have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) with the Shanghai Safari Park and the Ningbo Youngor Zoo in China.

“The MoUs state that we have an agreement for animal exchange, but we haven’t gone into the details of what animals, for example,” he said.

He said that they were hoping to bring in the ringtail lemurs sometime this year, but the situation was less certain with the giant pandas.

“This is a government-to-government negotiation. And giant pandas are an endangered species... we can’t just bring them in.

“If we do get the giant pandas, one male and one female, they will come with their own curator, veterinarian and Chinese bamboo. They can’t take our local bamboo,” he said, adding that they planned to keep the pandas for about two years.

Since 1984, China had been offering pandas to other nations only on 10-year loans.

Dr Mohamad said that Chinese officials had also been to Zoo Negara last year to see if the place was suitable to house pandas.

He added that if the negotiations went through, Zoo Negara would have to build a special panda enclosure, and it would be located next to the Orang Utan enclosure.

“We are still in the negotiating stage, but so far, it looks good,” he said.
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