The Animals That Call Melaka Zoo Their Home

 1. welcome to Melaka Zoo & Night Safari
1. welcome to Melaka Zoo & Night Safari

I have been to Melaka several times but the zoo has been rather elusive. Somehow, despite my love for animals, I just never found the opportunity to make a visit, until a few weeks ago. Therefore, when I learnt about my forthcoming outing to the zoo, I was enthusiastic, like a kid.

2. entrance to the zoo
2. entrance to the zoo
3. buggy rental, advisable as the grounds are wide
3. buggy rental, useful as the grounds are wide

I have a revelation to make, though. Upon my arrival, I had thought that this was a modest zoo that I could explore in an hour. How wrong! I spent more than two hours at the zoo and there were still more attractions to be discovered!

4. scarlet macaw
4. scarlet macaw
5. blue & yellow macaw
5. blue & yellow macaw

Oh boy, how I had underestimated Melaka Zoo. Indeed, it is true that we should never judge a book by its cover. In this instance, by its frontage.

6. white rhinoceros
6. white rhinoceros
 7. rabbit feeding area
7. rabbit feeding area

Did you know that Melaka Zoo is actually the second largest zoo in Malaysia? Ha… bet you didn’t! Established in 1963 by the Melaka State Government, it was privatised in 2013 and since then, spots a new name of Melaka Zoo and Night Safari.

8. visitor feeds a rabbit
8. visitor feeds a rabbit
 9. tram
9. tram

The privatisation exercise saw the zoo transform to an open concept in animal exhibits; in large, green and spacious enclosures, to ensure they have ample space to roam about.

10. Mini Safari
10. Mini Safari
11. deer
11. deer

Additionally, Melaka Zoo has developed beyond a place to watch animals or a recreational area. Programmes to enhance wildlife education, animal breeding and conservation are being conducted, for the purpose to reproduce, protect and exhibit animals, plants, and their habitats.

12. deer and zebras share this ground
12. deer and zebras share this ground
13. zebra
13. zebra

It is a whole new wildlife discovery, with knowledge to take home for visitors, whether they are pre-schoolers, university students or adults.

14. horses
14. horses
15. giraffes
15. giraffes

Meanwhile, the popular Night Safari is available on Fridays, Saturdays, eve of public holidays and school holidays from 8pm until 11pm. Unlike the day time zoo, the Night Safari provides visitors with a unique chance to observe the behaviour of nocturnal animals in their natural habitats.

16. Kafue Lechwe
16. Kafue Lechwe
17. Banteng
17. Banteng

I would love to visit the Night Safari one day, but from my experience visiting the Taiping Zoo Night Safari, I won’t have any photos to share. It’s just impossible to take photos of the animals in the dark of the night, as flash is disallowed.

18. ostrich
18. ostrich
19. African lion
19. African lion

It’s all right. This was my daytime visit. Therefore, I am able to share some photos of the zoo’s residents, from birds to rabbits, giraffes, lion, and more.

20. Asian elephants
20. Asian elephants
21. Great Hornbill
21. Great Hornbill

When the sun got hotter, though, the animals went into hiding. Hah! Smart of them! This means that I need to make a second visit in order to see the primates.

22. Giraffe Café
22. Giraffe Café

To make your zoo visit more interactive, I suggest to plan your outing to coincide with feeding times, bird shows and keeper talk. That would be very entertaining and interesting for photography or videography, too.

23. there's so much more to explore
23. there’s so much more to explore

Have you been to Melaka Zoo & Night Safari yet? If not, you ought to plan a visit. There’s so much to learn and discover, and if you wish, get involved by adopting an animal, participating in a CSR initiative or be a volunteer.

Melaka Zoo & Night Safari
Add: Jalan Hang Tuah Jaya, Ayer Keroh, 75450 Melaka.
Tel: 1300 22 3000 / +606 232 4054
Fax: +606-232 5859
Email: info@melakazoo.com

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