Zoo Negara 28 Jan 2009

Posted: September 5, 2009 in Travel

P1010240During this year Chinese New Year on the day 2, we decided to pay the National Zoo a visit. Actually, I had been planned for few weeks before the trip, due to the long holiday and we did not go back to Sarawak. Thus, bring the children go to Zoo as at their age, seeing animals is more fun than going shopping or playgrounds.

We reached there at the morning around 10:00 am. Started with the monkeys and apes areas, after that we adjourned for the the seals show at the theatre area. Issac and Belle were so happy seeing the shows on the sea lion jumping thru the big circles, eating fishes, and parrots show as well, watching how the clever parrot can recognise RM10 and RM5 and fly back to its trainer.

After the show, we went to Aquarium Tunku Abdul Rahman. It is a breezy entrance. Aquarium Tunku Abdul Rahman is one of the oldest public aquariums in the country. It features the country’s first ever exhibition on the Malaysian River Journey, which features aquatic fauna and flora from the top of the highlands right down to the sea. The aquarium not only features fishes that are commonly seen in Malaysian rivers, but also rare and endangered species including various other invertebrates such as crabs, prawns, corals, aquatic insects etc and even various species of aquatic flora that are part of our freshwater aquatic system. The journey through Aquarium Tunku Abdul Rahman takes you from the Upper Stream Zone to the Mid Stream Zone, the Wetlands Zone and down to the Lower River Zone. After that we pass through the Peat Swamp Zone, the Mangrove Zone and lastly to the Marine Zone with its coral reefs and deep sea exhibits. All the exhibits have been landscaped as close as possible to its natural condition in the wild, so we are able to see how these aquatic organisms behave in their natural environment. We did not snap photo in the aquarium, but we did take photographs in front of the ‘big fish’…We saw the Humboldt Penguins. They are adorable little birds which originate from the tip of South America.

P1010237 We did meet up with three Malaysian Elephants Siti (24 years), Sibol (23 years) and Triang (male, 21 years). Being a kid, these elephants seems gigantic for my 2 little price and princes. Issac even got chance to pat their trunk and even feed them with sugarcane with the little help from Daddy Alvin! Issac was so happy looking at the high giraffes! This was the 1st time he saw a giraffe cos all these while he seen it only in his books.

Further to that is the Tunku Abdul Rahman Lake. It’s the home to over 300 free roaming birds. Painted storks, ibises, egrets, swans, pelican and many others inhibit the two islands in the middle of the lake. We didn’t manage to see the most exciting moment that is their feeding times: 11.00 am & 3:00 pm. Really can see them right in front of our very own eyes.

And the Bird Aviary, with over 100 species of birds from all around the world. The walk in Aviary is also home to a variety of free flying birds. Home to the largest bat in the world, the fruit bats or Flying Foxes, this walk-in exhibit is an excellent place to visit.

We didn’t manage to see the Kangaroo being the largest of all three and the family of Wallabies which located by Zoo Negara’s Bird Aviary. But we did manage to see Pademelons, a miniature sized Kangaroo and smallest of the three.

Zoo Negara also home to a variety of jungle cats and wild dogs, Mammal Kingdom is a spot to meet rare cats such as the Golden Cat, Flat-Headed Cat and many others. Mammal Kingdom also houses raccoons, Pumas, Leopards and Binturong. Also see the largest rodent in the world – Capybaras and the Brazilian Agoutis. 

P1010257 Zoo Negara’s Cat Walk is filled with a roundup of majestic lions and tigers. Located in open concept exhibit, those cats look as if they can reach us! There is one tiger kept walking up and down and swimming thru the pond in front of us. We are getting so near with the Sumatera Tiger.

One of the largest open concept exhibits in the zoo, Savannah Walk is home to a variety of antelopes, giraffes, zebras, ostriches and rhinos. Being one of the hottest spot around, this location is close to looking like the actual Savannah plains in Africa! Nile Hippopotamus originates from the river Nile in Africa. They are known to be even more aggressive than the African Crocodiles! Zoo Negara has three Nile Hippopotamuses Duke, Kibu and Chombie.

Then, is the Zoo Negara’s Reptile Park has both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Meet the largest type of crocodile, the Saltwater or Estuarine Crocs lazing in their pool or meet our ever aggressive Freshwater Crocs, the False Gharial. For those who would like to see a miniature version of the Estuarine Crocs, head on over to our African Dwarf Crocodile Exhibit. The Reptile Park also has a variety of tortoises and terrapins. Meet the second largest tortoise – Aldabran Tortoise or the local and highly endangered Tuntong or the River Terrapin! A Reptile Park will not be complete without snakes. Meet the longest type of python in the world – Reticulated Pythons and many others. Venomous snake collection can be found on the ground and first level of the Reptile Park.

Our trips ends at around 2:00 pm, because the weather is getting hotter, thus the Ape Centre we didn’t manage to go. It was completed with the CNY Lion Dance which organized by the Zoo Negara. That’s how we spend our CNY day 2 at Zoo Negara.

Operating Hours:
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Daily

Zoo Negara

Hulu Kelang, 68000 Ampang,

Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Tel: 603 – 4108 3422

Fax: 603 – 4107 5375

Source from www.virtualmalaysia.com, www.zoonegara.org.my & www.cuti.com.my


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