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Zoos of Peninsula Malaysia

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  1. Giant Panda

    Giant Panda Well-Known Member

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    I've finally got around to compiling the mainland companion piece to my Zoos of East Malaysia thread. Further input is welcome, of course.


    Kuala Lumpur (Federal Territory):
    Aquaria KLCC
    Blue Coral Aquarium
    KL Tower Mini Zoo
    Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
    Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park
    Kuala Lumpur Deer Park

    Johor:
    Johor Zoo
    Teluk Sengat Crocodile Farm

    Kedah:
    Animal Adventures
    Crocodile Adventureland
    Langkawi Wildlife Park
    UnderWater World Langkawi

    Kelantan:
    Kuala Krai Mini Zoo

    Malacca:
    A'Famosa Animal World Safari
    Malacca Bird Park
    Malacca Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary
    Malacca Crocodile Farm
    Malacca Zoo
    Padang Kemunting Turtle Management Centre
    The Shore Oceanarium

    Pahang:
    Bukit Gambang Safari Park
    Cameron Highlands Butterfly Farm
    Cherating Turtle Sanctuary
    Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary
    Lipis Zoo
    Taman Teruntum Mini Zoo

    Penang:
    Aviary Ginger Garden
    Entopia: Penang Butterfly Farm
    Fisheries Department Research Institute Aquarium
    Penang Bird Park
    Penang Snake Temple

    Perak:
    Bukit Merah Laketown Ecopark
    Bukit Merah Orangutan Island
    Lost World Petting Zoo
    Segari Turtle Management Centre
    Taiping Zoo

    Perlis:
    Snake and Reptile Farm

    Selangor:
    Batu Caves Mini Zoo
    Freshwater Fish Park
    Negara Zoo
    Sunway Lagoon Wildlife Park

    Terengganu:
    Kemaman Recreation Park and Mini Zoo
    Sungai Ketiar Elephant Sanctuary


    As far as I know, Negeri Sembilan and Putrajaya are the only states/federal territories without any zoos.


    Closed Zoos:
    Saleng Zoo (Johor)
    Danga Bay Mini Zoo (Johor)
    Langkawi Snake Sanctuary (Kedah)
    Coral Wonderland (Malacca)
    Aquarium Fish Exhibition (Penang)
    Bukit Jambul Orchid, Hibiscus and Reptile Farm (Penang)



    Total "zoos" in Peninsula Malaysia: 43
    Total "zoos" in Malaysia: 60.
     
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    Great list, quite a lot of zoos really! Did not know that Zoo Negara is not within the federal territory of KL!

    I've visited a few of the KL attractions: KL Bird Park, KL Butterfly Park, Aquaria KLCC and Zoo Negara. I didn't know of the other KL ones you list, nor the ones presumably within greater KL city in Selangor. The only additional snippet of information I can add is that there was a small animal attraction at the Batu Caves (Selangor), and, although I did not visit it, I could see some birds and I think there were fish there too.
     
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    Thanks. I found some recent photos online, so Batu Caves Mini Zoo has been added to the list. I'll be bat-hunting in the caves before too long and will endeavour to visit.
     
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    I walked past it without any inclination to enter. It's a shoddy looking place, all under one corrugated iron roof. I think there are probably some monkeys there as well. But I suppose if you're there for days it might be worth it.
     
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    Thanks for yet another valuable thread.
    I'd also suggest adding Penang snake temple; a Buddhist temple with a large enclosure for temple (/Wagler's) pit vipers, with a small collection of snakes (paid entry) also on site. It's very close to Penang airport so it's worth a quick look if you're swinging past.
     
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    Thanks. I can't edit the list anymore; perhaps a moderator can add it?
     
  7. Chlidonias

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    there is also a small bird collection on Penang Hill called the Aviary Ginger Garden, belonging to the Bellevue Hotel. It is a paid attraction (five Ringgits), although hotel guests have free entry.
     
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    this appears to have closed down, as per a recent mention on Tripadvisor (31 March 2017). Do you want me to add (closed) to it, or remove it from the list?

    Sadly it has closed down
    My boyfriend and I went last week and sadly this establishment has closed down. The place was shut and locked up with no signage or any sign of it being there at all so we asked a local street food seller who kindly helped us and explained they had gone out of business. It might be worth still trying to give them a call just in case they were closed as it was the school holidays or they have relocated - not that I don't believe the seller by any means but it's always worth a go.

    Aquarium Fish Exhibition (George Town, Malaysia): Top Tips Before You Go (with Photos) - TripAdvisor
     
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    I was just looking at this place on Google. I didn't even know it existed, and it is literally right next door to the mangrove reserve Kuala Selangor Taman Alam, to which I've been three or four times!
     
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    @Chlidonias: You're the mod; feel free to delete as you see fit :)
     
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    I don't mess around with lists of other people without asking first (or being asked). I'll delete it if that's the option you prefer. Or I could move it to the bottom of the list in a separate "closed" section? That's what I like to do with my zoo and zoo-animal lists when entries are removed.
     
  12. Giant Panda

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    Yeah, I'm happy to add a "Closed" section. It's certainly not an exhaustive list, but these are the other closed zoos I excluded:

    Bukit Jambul Orchid, Hibiscus and Reptile Farm
    Coral Wonderland
    Langkawi Snake Sanctuary
    Saleng Zoo
    Danga Bay Mini Zoo?
     
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    I added those for you.

    I found a couple of references to the Danga Bay Mini Zoo having been raided and closed down in 2011, one saying 132 animals had been removed and sent elsewhere.

    I also found this ZooCheck document from 2010 which lists the ten worst zoos in Malaysia, most of which are still open (already on your list). There's a Dickson Mini Zoo in Negeri Sembilan on the list which is still open as well, but now it is a petting farm (ostriches, camels, goats, rabbits, etc) called the PD Ostrich Show Farm. From comments by the manager on Tripadvisor they are actively trying to not be referred to as a "mini zoo", presumably to distance themselves from the past.
    http://www.zoocheck.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/MalaysiaZooReport2010.pdf