National Zoo Negara – Home Paradise of Wildlife Animals
Kuala Lumpur Zoo spanning over 110 acres around a central lake, houses 5137 specimens from 476 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish from Asia and Africa.
Also known as the Zoo Negara Malaysia. Housing a forest, lake and 16 animal exhibits, the zoo is set on such vast grounds that visitors will need at least two hours to explore in its entirety.
The Butterfly Garden
The Butterfly Garden is the first stop on the Zoo Trip, visitors will be bypass thru a live insect exhibit hall before the main garden. This place is filled with information about insect and the live specimen which is a great place for kids to learn.
The main garden is a great place to witness the whole metamorphosis process for butterflies in a natural way.
Sadly, nothing much to see in this section especially lacking butterflies to observe (due to ongoing construction) with a very limited space to walk around.
Personally would recommend KL Butterfly Park if you would love to enjoy a better butterflies experience.
Lake Bird Area
The Tunku Abdul Rahman lake which sits in the middle of Zoo Negara is home to over 300 free-roaming birds.
Painted storks, ibises, egrets, swans and pelicans make their home on the two islands in the middle of the lake.
You might get stunning a view on top of your head where flocks of stork birds resting on top of trees, be sure not get too close else you might get a dip of white butter on your shirt 😉
The Bird Aviary
Zoo Negara’s Bird Aviary has one of the biggest collections of birds species in the country. From endangered to exotic wild bird species, you can witness all in the bird aviary section.
The Emu bird originating from Australia, a good swimmer and road runner. Loves to live in packs and tends to make a nasty motorcycle “Grooming” noise when it senses a threat from surroundings.
Not sure why but the crow loves to hop on behind of these birds, just exactly like two lovely soul mates.
The Double Wattled Cassowary is the third-tallest and second-heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu.
These birds are well known for their exotic hen crown and are usually shy birds of the deep forest, adept at disappearing long before a human knows they are there.
Nicobar Pigeons is a large pigeon with a grey head, like the upper neck plumage, which turns into green and copper hackles. The tail is very short and pure white.
The rest of its plumage is metallic green. Very nice and fun little shiny creature to see it moving around to feed in foods.
Not sure what this is called but we named it personally as the “Gentlemen Chicken”, look how smart it gel its hair (just natural feather) upwards to the back and walk graciously truly like a full ledge Casanova 😉
The down part of the aviary is most of the birds are caged so you might need to not feel the natural way it might be. Thankfully the government are having ongoing plans to make improvement in the future.
If you prefer a more natural looking bird habitat places, do try KL Bird Park on your next visits.
The Cat Walk
The black and orange stripe mural along the pathway hints that you are in the Big Cats’ territories.
There are African Lions, Malayan Tigers and Cheetah along the pathway resting on the platform in their open-concept exhibit.
Be sure to catch the cats feeding session around 3.00pm daily.
Try to imagine yourself in Africa where all the animals in the country roam freely around you.
The Savannah Walk is a home shared by a variety of African animals like Sable antelopes, Scimitar-horned oryx, giraffes, ostriches, zebras, and white rhinoceroses.
Although there are not many trees around to shade the exhibit, the Savannah Walk closely resembles the actual Savannah plains in Africa.
The Elephants & Camel
This is home to three gentle mammal giants – the Malaysian Elephants. Siti (female), Sibol (female) and Teriang (male) which originally come from Pahang are currently in their late twenties/ early thirties.
Although these elephants have long been retired from the elephant show, they are still the main superstars in the zoo. All the elephants there has a sweet tooth, be sure to feed them with sugarcane or banana during your visits!
Walking along the elephant path and you will stumble upon the royal camel and its concubines.
The camels are just sunbathing at the moment we reach and not going to do anything to entertain us, unless you want to observe the camel sunbathing 😉
Giant Panda Conservation Centre
The latest wildlife additions to Kuala Lumpur Zoo are two rare giant pandas hailing from Sichuan, China. Giant Panda Conservation Centre is the home of two cute panda Xing Xing and Liang Liang.
Xing Xing (Male) having a nap during the visit with a few funny sleeping posture to enjoy with.
Liang Liang (Female) just got out from bathing walks around to dry her thick fur while trying hard to find a suitable log to scratch her itchy back 😉
There is also a Panda Cafe situated inside the conservation centre which serves food and beverage if you are feeling hungry.
The Ape Centre is situated at the highest point of Zoo Negara. There, you get to see the group of chimpanzees from Africa and two species of Orangutans, Bornean orangutans and Sumatran orangutan.
Orang Utan having lunch and stretching with a few difficult pose which is considered “mission impossible” for humans.
Chimpanzees share nearly 98.8% of our Human DNA which explains why they look and behave like humans. If you spend most of your day up at the Ape Centre observing these animals, you will see them kissing, shaking hands and sometimes, even bickering among each other.
The Mammal Kingdom is full of nocturnal (active at night) animals, it is a home for many wildlife and endangered animals.
A Tapir is a large, herbivorous mammal, similar in shape to a pig, with a short, prehensile nose trunk. They sleep safe and sound without any snore despite having a huge nose!
Capybara (the world’s largest rodent) which is from the Infamous Rat family.
A flock of Deers and deers which is being mayo-naised (stripe) from behind which looks a delicious yummy corn-dog 😉
Australia’s famous icon, the kangaroo with a sturdy and agile posture which can sense movements from meters away.
The Malayan porcupines in their exhibit. Do not worry, porcupines do not shoot their quills. It is just a myth after all 😉
The binturong, also known as bearcat is an endangered species from the country. You can see them lazy all around the trees or small house during the daytime.
Join the Mammal feeding time around 3.00 pm
Children’s World is a place for the young ones to run around while getting their senses stimulated.
It is a place where the kids can pet the deer, goats, and miniature horses as well as feeding the tortoise.
The Humboldt penguins came all the way from chilly Czech Republic Zoo to the tropical rainforest of Zoo Negara on 23 January 2010 as part of the captive breeding programme.
These flightless birds share their name with the Humboldt Current at the coast of South America where they are named after the 18th-century explorer, Alexander von Humboldt.
Watch these penguins ‘fly’ underwater using their strong flippers in search of food during their feeding time: 11.00 am daily.
Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium
Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium is one of the oldest public aquariums in the country. It is the country’s first-ever exhibition on the Malaysian River Journey which highlights the aquatic fauna and flora from the top of the highlands right down to the sea.
The aquarium not only displays fishes that are commonly seen in the Malaysian rivers but it also exhibits rare and endangered species such as crabs, prawns, aquatic insects and aquatic flora as part of the freshwater aquatic system.
The journey through Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquarium takes you from the Upper Stream Zone to the Mid Stream Zone, the Wetlands Zone and down to the Lower River Zone. Then, you will 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 you’ll be able to see how these aquatic organisms behave in their natural environment.
Zoo Negara Facilities & Attractions
Gifts & Souvenirs | Cafes & Restaurants all around the National Zoo Compound – Get the exclusive panda merchandise at only Giant Panda Conservation Centre
Small Tips: You can get half price cheaper beverage from the vending machine compared to the store.
Landscape Photographing Service at Zoo Entrance & Panda Conservation Centre – RM15 per set of pictures.
Visitor Rides around the zoo – Adult RM8.00 | Children RM5.00 | Senior Citizen RM5.00
OKU with family – FREE
Kids below 2 years old – FREE
Vip Booking – 1 hour, RM300.00
The 6D motion experience surely gives you the same effect as riding a real roller coaster or flying in the deep space – Adult RM10.00 | Children RM8.00
Multi Animal Show (Sea Lion/Macaws) – Daily : 11.00 am & 3.00 pm / 3.30 pm (Friday)
The entrance to the animal show is FREE, be sure to get there early for a seat.
Sweet & Busiest Wildlife
Cute Little Sea Otter just went for a swimming lesson and decided to say “Hi” to us!
The “Touch me, Touch me” memes continues with this friendly little Bambi who doesn’t even scare lingering with strangers, immediately joined by a jealousy filled momma deer directly crashed into – the head petting party says she wants “a piece from it”.
The illegal residents of the zoo “Bandit Monkey” just started his daily routines from the pile of unwanted treasures.
The stealthy and sneaky lizard can be seen anywhere in the zoo if you are observant enough, this one caught red-handed around the deer places.
Overall definitely a worthy trip, especially for kids, which is fun yet educational to understand the true nature and habitat of living animals.
Do show our support as a fellow Malaysian by dropping a visit to our national zoo (to ensure every animal are well fed and have a better living environment in the future).
The admission fees for KL National Zoo:
- Adult RM63.00 (Asean), RM85.00 (Other) | Child RM33.00 (Asean), RM43.00 (Other)
- Adult RM44.00 | Child RM16.00
*Kindly note that prices and attraction might vary from time to time.
By Light Rail Transit System (LRT) :
- Alight at Wangsa Maju Station, Kelana Jaya Line
- Board a taxi to Zoo Negara
By Bus :
- Rapid KL number 253 from Putra LRT Station, Wangsamaju, KL
- Rapid KL number 220 from Lebuh Ampang, KL
Address: Zoo Negara, Hulu Kelang, Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan.
Open Hour: 09.00 am – 05.00 pm (Mon-Sun), Including Public Holiday.