Melaka Zoo & Night Safari

Macaws at Melaka Zoo

Melaka Zoo is a popular family attraction in Melaka.  Here is my review.

Basic Facts

It's a large zoo, covering 22 hectares, which makes it the second largest in Malaysia.

We felt quite tired by the time we had seen everything. If you tire easily you might wish to take the tram ride to reduce the amount of walking . 

Having been in existence since the 1960s, the surroundings are very green with mature landscaped tropical vegetation, giving a simulated rainforest effect for both the visitors and the animals.

The zoo borders the Ayer Keroh Country Club and golf course which adds to the beauty and greenness of the surroundings.

The zoo was transferred into private ownership in 2013 (it was previously run by the Government's Wildlife and National Parks Department). The intention was to improve the standard and copy the success of Singapore's day-and-night zoo. It also means the admission charges have been increased.

White Rhino at Melaka Zoo
Malayan Gaur at Melaka Zoo

Animals

There is a good selection of animals in the zoo. Most of them are native to the region and accustomed to the tropical heat of Malaysia. They are quite healthy looking and, as an open concept zoo, they have a reasonable amount of space to move around and be themselves while allowing visitors the opportunity to see them up close.

There is room for improvement however and some of the enclosures need to be upgraded, better maintained and made more spacious for the animals. 

There also needs to be better controlling of the visitors. It was disturbing to see some ignorant people lobbing lit cigarettes into the orang-utan enclosure and encouraging them to smoke.

Our favourite animals in the zoo included:

  •  Birds (macaws, hornbills, storks etc)
  •  Zebra
  •  White rhino
  •  Wildebeest
  •  Capybara
  •  Kancil (mouse deer)
  •  Bats
  •  Iguanas
  •  Tapirs
  •  Malayan gaur
  •  Big cats (panther, leopards, lions and Malayan tigers)
  •  Sun bear
  •  Orang-utan, chimps, baboons

and plenty more.

Verdict

We enjoyed this zoo more than KL's Zoo Negara, mainly because of the green surroundings.

This is one of the best zoos in Malaysia but has some way to go to reach the standard of Singapore's zoo. 

We did not try the Night Safari.

Iguana at Melaka Zoo
Malayan Tiger at Zoo Melaka

2020 Entrance Fee

RM

Adult

Child (ages 5-12)

Seniors

MyKad

25

15

15

Foreigner

35

25

35

Discounts available for school groups.

The entrance price includes a guided tram ride.

Opening Hours

Open Daily from 9am - 6pm.

Night Safari is from 8pm - 11pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and the eve of Public and School Holidays.


Bird Show

Weekdays: 11am and 3.30pm.

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 11am, 2.00pm and 4pm.


Elephant Feeding

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: 11am and 2.30pm.


Keeper Talk

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays  noon at Tiger Eye.

How to get to Melaka Zoo

The location is marked on the interactive map on my Top Melaka Attractions page.

Ayer Keroh is located 13km from Melaka City and the zoo is conveniently near the North-South Expressway if you are travelling there by car.

Parking

The car park was in the process of being upgraded during my visit and it was rather disorganized. The zoo needs to assign some parking attendants to direct traffic.

Parking was free.

See the Official Website for updates and news.

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