Thursday, January 17, 2013

Giant Pandas in Malaysia at Zoo Negara

Update: Pandas are now open to the public..

When it was first announced last year that the two pandas on loan from China will be housed at the Putrajaya Wetlands Park, I was disappointed. My thinking was (and still is) that Zoo Negara, our National Zoo would be a more suitable place for the pair of pandas in more ways than one.

Am I glad when I stumbled on a video released just yesterday indicating that the Cabinet has decided that Zoo Negara will be the home for the two pandas. Yay!

Construction of the exhibit enclosure will begin in June and come May 2014 visitors to Zoo Negara will be able to see the zoo's latest addition and attraction -- the adorable pair of giant pandas whose arrival has been highly anticipated by Malaysians.


The pandas will be on loan to Malaysia for ten years to mark the 14th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Malaysia and China in 2014.

Forty acres of land have been set aside to grow bamboo - for the pandas consumption - alongside the project in Putrajaya by the Forest Reserve Institute of Malaysia (FRIM).

I expect there might be a little hike in admission fee to the Zoo Negara come May next year. But then again, it is a small price to pay to be able to see live pandas in our very own backyard instead of having to travel to China or overseas where pandas are available.

If you are wondering about the zoo's admission fees, here's a schedule of Entrance fees for Zoo Negara from the zoo's website. Click on image to enlarge it.

Last updated on June 20, 2014. (Click to enlarge image)

The countries nearest to Malaysia where we can view pandas are Thailand and Singapore. Malaysia will be the third country in the region to receive Giant Pandas from China.

Thailand received a pair of Giant Pandas in 2004, now in the Chiang Mai Zoo. Singapore's pair of giant pandas, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, made their first public appearance at their new home at the Giant Panda Forest in Singapore's River Safari Zoo in November last year. The zoo will be their new home for the next 10 years. In 1991, the Singapore Zoo received two pandas, called An An and Xin Xing on loan from China for 100 days.

It is left to be seen as to whether Zoo Negara will be drawing up a viewing guideline similar to what Singapore Zoo has drawn up.

At the Singapore Zoo/Giant Panda Forest:

- Each ticket holder is able to stay 15 minutes in the enclosure.

- 150 people can go into the enclosure per viewing session.

- Each adult pays an extra S$5; a child pays an additional S$3 to visit the pandas.

The Giant Panda is the rarest member of the bear family and among the world's most threatened animals. Let's take a look at the countries that have received Giant Pandas from China..

Source: The Star

Here's a map to the National Zoo (Zoo Negara) in Kuala Lumpur..


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12 comments:

  1. maybe next school hols go Zoo

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  2. I like pandas..
    saw few ones in China..

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  3. actually i am always worried about how long they could survive in Malaysia!! @_@"

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  4. Grandpa passed the baton to ma papa who loved to watch animals and the baton naturally came to Bananaz. Somehow prefer to watch them in the wild than enclosed. How nice if it can be like the movie 'Born Free' but then its just a movie. How sad to see them in captivity but that's life.

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  5. Will the pandas be served with roti canai? hahai

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  6. Let me recollect when was the last time went into the zoo...oh if you can recall the advert on TV with this theme..let's go to the zoo..must be more than 2 decades?

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  8. the zoo will be famous soon when got panda~

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  9. Ueno Zoo's giant pandas are almost two years old, and I've never been to see them. I walk past the zoo so often, but the long queues scare me.

    I don't like zoos. :( I understand why they're necessary, but I'm enough of an African to prefer animals in the wild.

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  10. already arrived at zoo negara?

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