Remember your school trip to Zoo Negara when you were little? Oh, those wonderful memories!
Well, you’d be sad to learn that Zoo Negara is running out of funds to improve its facilities.
According to a report by Free Malaysia Today
, quoting Zoo Negara’s deputy president Rosly @ Rahmat Ahmat Lana, while it’s possible to run the zoo, manage the animals and pay staff salaries using the visitors’ fees, it is impossible for them to upgrade the zoo as the fund is not available.
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“The zoo is 56 years old now, it requires many repairs here and there. We have plans to renew the facilities, to increase the use of glass in place of bars and cages, as practised by zoos in other countries.
“But it is not cheap to do and we don’t have enough money for that,” he said.
However, Rosly said the number of visitors to Zoo Negara have not dropped at all.
“We have been reaching our daily and weekly targets. We aim for about 400,000 to 500,000 visitors over a year, and for this year we have already received about 200,000 visitors,” he told the news portal, adding that visitors from Arab nations make up 20 per cent of the figure while visitors from China are the lowest.
Rosly wished that more Malaysians would pay the zoo a visit as the price, at RM45 for an adult ticket, is a lot cheaper compared to other zoos.