The town of Ayer Keroh is home to an important facility in the state of Malacca, the Melaka Zoo. As the second largest zoo in Malaysia, it is home to 1,200 animals of 215 species. (The largest is Zoo Negara, the National Museum in Ulu Klang, Kuala Lumpur.) Melaka Zoo is the main zoological park in the entire state, which is why it is regularly visited by a horde of tourists, both local and foreign, and especially children. As part of the “Visit Malaysia” campaign that was launched in 2007, the zoo made a record number of visitors in one year – 619,194 visitors to be exact.
Malacca or Melaca in Malaysia is blessed with so many historic sites and natural resources. A zoo is like icing on the cake. Malacca Zoo, together with Zoo Negara, opened to the public in 1963. In 1979, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks of Malaysia took over the management of the zoo, and, thankfully, improved the operations and services. The zoo then underwent another change and achieved a new milestone on August 13, 1987 as it was converted as a wildlife rescue center, with the blessings of former Malaysian Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohammad. Today, it has grown and expanded into a large zoo with a good number of animals, mammals, insects, amphibians, and birds. [Read more…]