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Malaysia
Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of the state of Sabah on Borneo. With an estimated population of 532,129 in the city and 700,000 in the urban area, it is the largest urban centre in Sabah and the sixth largest in Malaysia. It is located close to Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in South-East Asia.

Pulau Kapas

Pulau Kapas is a small island located only about 6km off Marang in the east coast state of Terengganu (about 1h north of Kuala Terengganu). It has quite and relaxed atmosphere because it is bypassed by the majority of the backpacker circuit looking for a more remote place like the Perhentian Islands. Pulau Kapas only get fairly busy on the weekends when locals come to island. There are a few good snorkeling spots around the island. All accommodations and beach are on the west coast facing the mainland. The west coast is the weather side has no sand beach, only rocks - it can be reached after a short walk through the jungle. Pulau Kapas shuts down during the monsoon season between November and February.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Zoo Negara

address: Zoo Negara, Hulu Kelang, 68000 Ampang, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia - tel: +603-4108 3422/7/8
zoo-negara-kuala-lumpur.jpg, Zoo Negara (National Zoo) is major zoological park in the north-east of Kuala Lumpur. The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society.
entrance to the National Zoological Park
photo: Panoramio user bodria
Zoo Negara (National Zoo) is major zoological park in the north-east of Kuala Lumpur. The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society.

Entrance Fee (rates / prices)

with Insect Zoo & Butterfly Park
Adult: RM35 (RM25 Malaysian citizens)
Children: RM18 (RM9)
Senior Citizen: RM35 (RM9) / 60 years or older

without Insect Zoo & Butterfly Park
Adult: RM30 (RM20 Malaysian citizens)
Children: RM15 (RM6)
Senior Citizen: RM30 (RM6) / 60 years or older
 

Opening Hours:
daily 9am - 5pm
last admission at 4.30pm

Links:

Zoo Negara (Official Website)


How to get to Zoo Negara

By Light Rail Transit System (LRT) :
- Kelana Jaya Line to Wangsa Maju Station
- take a taxi or Rapid KL bus (number U34) from there

By Bus
- Metrobus number 16 from Central Market, KL
- Rapid KL number U23 from Titiwangsa Station, KL

 

The park is managed by a non-governmental organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society. As it is run by privat a organisation without government funding it relies on donations and entrance fees to finance its operations. This lack of funding seems to be the reason why some visitors complain about the state of some of the animal shelters and the state of the Zoo in general, even though things seems to be improving slowly. Still it has long ways to go to get on par with the Singapore Zoo.

Nevertheless, the Zoo Negara is a popular family destination and it can get crowded during holidays and and the weekend, finding parking can be problematic during this days.


giraffes
photo courtesy: rlzzza



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