Kuala Lumpur Zoo or Zoo Negara Malaysia is managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society, a non-governmental organization established to create the first local zoo for Malaysians. Zoo Negara is now 48 years old and has matured into a well-known zoo all around the world. We have a total of over 5446 specimen from 476 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
Kuala Lumpur Zoo covers 110 acres of land which is situated only 5km from the city of Kuala Lumpur. Over the years, the zoo has transformed itself to an open concept zoo with over 90% of its animals being kept in spacious exhibits with landscape befitting its nature. We are working in making sure that the old zoo concept is changed entirely.
Visiting the Kuala Lumpur Zoo is worth your while if you do not plan to go to places where you might be able to spot the animals in the wild by yourself. In any case a visit to the zoo is a fun trip, which isn’t any different in Kuala Lumpur. The Kuala Lumpur Zoo is located at about 13 kilometers distance in northeastern Kuala Lumpur, on the side of Jalan Hulu Kelang. It is about 20 minutes drive from Apple Hotel at Jalan Alor, Bukit Bintang.
In the Kuala Lumpur Zoo, there are numerous paths meandering between wooded groves and tree-lined enclaves where the animal enclosures are located. Among the more exotic exhibits are the Sumatran tiger, orang-utans and gibbons. All are extremely rare outside this part of the world. There are also scheduled elephant shows in the elephant Amphitheatre and a “Multi-animal show in the “Main Amphitheatre”. There’s also a possibility make a ride on an elephant.In the weekend and on special days the zoo is also opened at night. It is beautiful to watch the animals by night, especially because they display their natural behavior better.
One of the most interesting exhibits in Kuala Lumpur Zoo is Ape Centre.
Chimpanzees share nearly 98.8% of our Human DNA which explains why they look and behave like humans. If you spend most of your day up at the Ape Centre observing these animals, you will see them kissing, shaking hands and some time, even bickering among each other.
The Ape Centre has an open-concept enclosure which allows our apes to roam freely. Watch for Katy and Manja, our retired superstars from the Show area posing for photos when they spot your camera or enjoy Katy mischievously teasing her friends in the exhibit. With lush greenery all around, the Ape Centre is one of the coolest and scenic location in the zoo.
It is best to go to the Zoo by cab or taxi; every taxi driver is able to find the Kuala Lumpur Zoo. It might be cheaper to go partly by metro, for this you have to take the Putra LRT to the metro station of Taman Melati or Wangsa Maju and then take the taxi to the zoo. The zoo is opened on weekdays from 9am to 5pm. In the weekend the zoo is opened from 9am to 11pm. The entrance fee is RM15 for adults and RM5 for children under the age of 12.
Zoo Negara Malaysia,
Jalan Ulu Kelang,
Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Tel: +60 3 4108 3422
Fax: +60 3 4107 5375
Kuala Lumpur Zoo Official Website – http://www.zoonegaramalaysia.my