Ever since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented in Malaysia, Zoo Negara had been crying for assistance as it does not have enough funds to maintain the zoo.
It was so bad that as of November 2020, Dr Mat Naim Ramli, the Zoology, Veterinary and Giant Panda Conservation Centre Director at Zoo Negara said that the funds they have are only enough for the zoo to survive another four months.
Zoo Negara had even launched the “Adoption Package” to help fund the expenses. Despite the efforts, it wasn’t enough for them to maintain the environment for the animals.
A netizen, Kinz Lai had recently visited Zoo Negara and he experienced how truly dire the situation is at the national zoo. He took his terrible experience to Facebook and pleaded the authorities to take some action to improve the zoo’s condition.
Apart from the living conditions of the animals, he notice that the facilities in the zoo were mostly not in working condition and there weren’t any staff to maintain the order in the zoo. What’s more is that he did not notice any cleaners doing their job in the zoo.
He added that he understands the management said they weren’t able to sustain themselves during the MCO. However, the MCO had been lifted and the public were allowed to visit the zoo.
The zoo was especially packed during the school holidays but the conditions remain the same where animals live in filth and even the air-conditioning doesn’t even work.
Not only the aquarium is filthy, the water is so polluted that one can barely see anything in it. He even wondered whether the animals there have clean drink water.
The animals there looked skinny and suffer from malnutrition too. He even compare the national zoo to the zoos from Singapore, Taiwan and South Korea and the difference is just so vast that there’s no words to describe it.
Kinz pleaded to the authorities to do something about the zoo, at least to provided the necessities to the animals, for example, clean water. He added that the national zoo represents the image of Malaysia and urge them to take action urgently.
Lastly, he said that the adult price for admission is RM48 isn’t totally worth it considering the condition the zoo is in.
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