Thursday, January 29, 2009

Melaka Zoo, Ayer Keroh

History time:
Melaka Zoo was built by Melaka State Government in 1963 meant as a recreational area to the locals. In 1979, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN) took over the zoo's administration for a better and systematic development. Under this new management, the function of the zoo has been added to encompass the aspects of conservation/breeding as well as recreation/tourism. Upon completion of refurbishment, the zoo was officated by the then PM Tun Dr. Mahathir on 13 August 1987. Since then, it has progressively become the second largest zoo in Malaysia at 54 acres with over 1500 animals and including 200 animals from within and outside of the country.
Starting on June 2004, the zoo introduced a new concept of Night Zoo to the visitors. This allow the visitors to visit the zoo at night to observe namely the nocturnal animals which are active at night. The Night Zoo was launched by the CM of Melaka, Datuk Seri Mohd. Ali bin Rustam.
The entrance fees is RM 7 for adult aged 13 years and above while for children, it is priced at RM 4. Visitation hours is from 9 am to 6 pm daily including public holidays. For the Night Zoo, it is priced at RM 10 for adults and RM 5 for children. The visitation time is from 8 pm to 11 pm on every Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public and school holidays. It is claimed that there are over 500 nocturnal animals to be viewed.
This post can also be viewed as educational material. Wow.. another niche of my blog. Scarlet macaw wow.. it looks like the birds in luna pencil colour box
Before we venture deeper, let's recall the general rules in the zoo. You are prohibited to disturb and feed the animals as well as littering.
Buffy/fish owl or Malaya ketupa ketupu or burung hantu kuning They eat fish, frogs, crustaceans and paddy fields. Whose buttocks are that? Kongkang or slow laris or Nycticebus coucang coucang This one with yellow neck Miniature horse or kuda mini or equu spp. Wan Nah , why you kick him la? Must sayang him like me.. or Vun by providing shade or Suk Yen by sayang his buttocks An obedient horse Zebra if you dont know.. hippotamus Capybara or hydrochoerus hydrochaeris Tapir Muscular bull
OMG Elephant ride! I had never try before. I only ride horse before. Sadly to our disappointment, it was cloased that day. We were extremely sad.
Elephant/Horse Ride
Open on: Saturday, Sunday and public holidays Time: 10 am to 12 pm, 2 pm to 5 pm Fees: RM 2 for children, Rm 3 for adult, RM 4 for adult and children Remember if you are to visit here, higly recommendable to try ride on the elephant.
These giraffes were not kissing each other but instead were eating. Deers oh dears.. ankole cattle or lembu ankole The one with horn is nyala or tragelaphus imberbis from Africa. Oh dears, where were you guys looking at? Banteng or bos javenicus Gnu or blue wildebeest or Connochaetes taurinus
It is a territorial and gregarious animal. Lifespan is up to 20 years. They migrate in large numbers up to thousands in search of grazing pastures along well travelled routes.
Common cassowary or kasawari or Casuarius casuarius Hey leopard! What are you doing? This pose is like the way a dog is urinating. Sleeping tiger
Nice environment for the tiger. When I see them , the only thought is they are very lucky. Those animals living in Zoo Negara at Ulu Kelang really suffer from dirtiness.
When the tiger is dreaming.. And the lion is roaring silently in the dream Estuarine crocodile or buaya tembaga or Crocodilus porosus
This is the entrance to the bird parks. We did not enter as this zoo is really huge and we went only 50% of the place.
Tortoise pond Milky stork or botak upeh or Myctenia cinerea Me and this bear has no association. Mongolian wild horse or Przewalski 's horse or Equus caballus przewalskii
Oh this is sad. Look clearly to this pic. There is actually 2 elephants on this pic and another one on the right which was not captured. Initially, it looks pretty fun to see this elephant shaking their bodies. However, in deep observation, they were actually practising for the show.
We stared at this elephant quite long. It seem to be recalling the steps and then practise every foot movement. To the front, side and back as well as folding its trunk non stop.
The tram ride station Although it is a relaxing way to view the zoo, it is also a suffering to wait for the long queue. Next, we proceeded to the animal show.
Intially, it was the birds show. Later on, the speakperson walked from the stage to the place where the audiences sat and surprised everyone when he told that there was a snake hidden somewhere around the audiences' seats. (Bottom left)
Middle right: Wan Nah was so brave to stand near the snake.
Then, came another shock that there was another snake went missing. The audiences was scared till they run away.
Next, we have the Orang utan show. I guess all these shows are similar to any other zoo as well. The speakperson chose one audience to participate in a telematch with the orang utan. This gentleman was so brave and shocked me. It was the first time I saw the chosen audience use his mouth to peel the coconut. It was a very fast one but still the Orang utan was the champion~ Bravo to the man and the Orang utan as well.
Next, was the magic show by the Orang Utan. It was asked to make the ping pong ball to disappear. It actually hide the ball inside its mouth.
The audiences can take photos with the Orang utan with a ticket priced at RM 15 (if not mistaken). Lastly was the human or Homo sapiens to be displayed. The common name from left is Vun, Wan Nah, KwOnG FeI and Suk Yen.
Address: Zoo Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka. Tel: 06-2324053, 2324054

5 comments:

Eddiellc said...

dear kwong, do u noe
the pictures tht u write hippopotamus is not hippo....tht is rhinocerous la

louise said...

Hi there, very informative article :)

I visited Melaka Zoo last December and it certainly changed my view point after visiting this historical city of Malaysia ..
Melaka Zoo is really amazing .. I love the red buildings .. there is alot to explore in zoo ..

I put up some information on my blog after my visit which you can found on my Melaka Zoo.

Please visit and have some comments .. Hopefully I will visit Melaka Zoo again :)

cheers ...

KwOnG FeI said...

welcome..
will pay a courtesy visit

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detkbell said...

nice blog! n pic.... haha funny ar... but dun like the org utan show... animal manipulation T_T

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