Zoo Negara

Welcome to Zoo Negara

City: Kuala Lumpur
Country: Malaysia
Province: Federal Territory
Opend 14.11.1963


Species 476


The zoo covers an area of 45 ha and is divided in to 16 exhibits. Beside a  reptilhouse and an insecthouse, you meet a broad collection of  mammals and birds like the asian elephants, hippos, sun bears, malayan tapirs, malayan tigers, gaur and orangutans

Vis stort kort
Last visited 2023

Zoo Negara
Hulu Kelang
68000 Ampang
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Phone number 041083422/7/8
E-mail: customerservice@zoonegaramalaysia.my


Open  minimum 9 am - 5 pm



  • Adult  Malay 45,- MYR
  • Child Malay 18,- MYR
  • Adult Foreigner 88,- MYR
  • Child Foreigner 43,- MYR

The Zoo has a playground



Zoos are found in almost every country and a year after its independence in 1957, Malaya too needed a National Zoo. During the annual exhibition of the Malayan Agri-Horticultural Association (MAHA), the people of Malaya have shown great interest in caged animals on show at the exhibition. Mr. V.M. Hutson (later Tan Sri) Committee Member of MAHA, was responsible for the miniature zoo set-up at the exhibition. There was no doubt that Malayans enjoyed the miniature zoos and through the local press, they voiced their wish for a more permanent showcase of animals. Many of the animals that were exhibited at the annual MAHA exhibition were kept temporary at Mr. V.M. Hutson’s 5-acre garden at the Bangsar Estate (now Damansara). In the collection was an Indo-Chinese Tiger named Nikky, three Orang Utans called Jacko, Suzan and Jane together with six Estuarine Crocodiles and many others. Who would have thought that these animals would be the nucleus collection for Malaya’s National Zoo?


In September 1958, on the initiative of the Ministry of Natural Resources, a number of representatives of Government departments, relevant societies and interested individuals along with Mr. V.M. Hutson met and held preliminary discussions. A working party under the chairmanship of the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Natural Resources was set up to examine the proposal to establish a National Zoo for the Federation of Malaya and to recommend a detailed and practical development plan to the Minister of Natural Resources. The discussions and investigations were based on the assumption that the Government would be unable to support the project with a substantial sum of money; but it was hoped that it would assist and support the zoo in other ways; by the exemption of taxes and entertainment duties, for instance, and possibly with a small annual subvention. Subsequently all these were granted by the State and Federal Governments. The working party eventually recommended that a Zoological Society should be set-up to finance and administer the zoo which, in early stages, was to be a small area with animals in conventional cages. If enough capital accrued from this and possible gifts, the Society would embark on a more ambitious scheme on a permanent site with ‘Whipsnade’ type enclosures.


The working party carefully considered the expense of showing a small number of animals such as bears, deer, gibbons, monkeys and reptiles in a four-acre site and concluded that two installments of $50,000 would be sufficient as initial capital.


Early in 1961, the recommendations resulting from these discussions were sent to the Minister for Rural Development, who was now the responsible Minister; and on 29 April 1961, a public meeting was held in the Tunku Abdul Rahman Hall to form the Malayan Zoological Society. At the meeting Mr. V.M. Hutson introduced the Deputy Minister of Rural Development Tuan Haji Abdul Khalid b. Awang Osman as the Chairman, and gave a brief resume of the events which led to the convening of the meeting. The Malayan Zoological Society with its primary objectives, the founding and management of the National Zoo was officially registered on 2 January 1962. The Deputy Minister of Rural Development was then the first President of the Malayan Zoological Society.


A second working party was elected at the inaugural meeting of the Society and during the next three months it worked hard to prepare for the first public meeting of the Society. The first Council was elected in this meeting and the Rules of the Society were adopted. So the Malayan Zoological Society was truly born but certainly not with a silver spoon in its mouth. At this time Major A.N. Weinman who was then the Director of the Dehiwala Zoo in Colombo was invited to visit Kuala Lumpur as he had offered his services in helping the infant zoo to its feet. He spent a month here during which he inspected both Templer Park and the present site at Ulu Klang and submitted a report to the Council recommending the Ulu Klang site. He also submitted the general layout plan of the proposed zoo and detailed his recommendations for staffing, development and a list of exhibits.


The Society now had the full support of the Federal Government with great assistance from our first Prime Minister Y.T.M. Tunku Abdul Rahman who visited and approved the Ulu Klang site. The site was a small kampong (village) with only about a dozen of wooden houses. The country surrounding was all jungle and rubber estates. Negotiations with the Selangor State Government started immediately to acquire the selected 42 acres with further 100 acre embarked for future expansion. But we were getting ahead of the finances! Where did all the money come from to construct these fine buildings? The project had grown far from the original humble concept of a 4 acre $50,000 zoo of the early days. Thankfully with the interest and enthusiasm of the members of the Government and the increased in wealth of the country made possible a grant from the Federal funds of RM 1.25 million over a period of three years to be spend on capital development.

Soon the perimeter fencing was erected and contracts awarded for the construction of the carnivore and monkey houses, deer enclosures and many other buildings. The railway strike cause delays as vital materials were diverted to other places, but by July 1963 the majority of the buildings was structurally completed and only required the finishing touches. Now you can see the animals happily installed in their new houses which have been designed to please the eye and show off the animals as naturally as possible. New buildings will continue to appear and improvements will be made for many years to come as the zoo should never remain static and growth and expansion are themes which ensure varied interests over the years.


The National Zoological Park was officially opened by Y.T.M. Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj on 14 November 1963. One year ahead of the Tunku’s plan to declare the Federation of Malaya as Malaysia portraying its many races, culture and ethnicity. The entrance rate at that time was 50 cents for 4 adult and 20 cents for children. The zoo was operating on 6 days a week and was closed on Monday for maintenance.


On 14 November 1972, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia Y.A.B. Tun Haji Abdul Razak inaugurated Aquarium Negara at a colourful ceremony accompanied by his wife, Toh Puan Hajjah Rahah, Cabinet Ministers and many others. Our Society President and Education Minister, Y.B. Encik Khir Johari announced that the Prime Minister has also accepted the invitation to be the Patron of our Society.


In year 1993, the zoo presented its largest display – the Ape Centre. It was officially open on 23 May by the Minister of Culture, Arts and Tourism, Y.B. Dato’ Sabbaruddin Chik. The Orang Utan being the mascot of ‘Visit Malaysia Year’, it is only fitting that we play a part in breeding this endangered species. The new centre consisting of separate sections for the orang utan and chimpanzees, provides them with a more acceptable surrounding albeit in the form of a man mad concrete jungle. This occasion was followed by a personal visit by our Patron-In-Chief H.R.H The Sultan of Selangor. The year saw a slight reduction in the numbers of visitors but a visit to the zoo is still considered good value for money by most people. In 1994, the zoo finally opened its much awaited Mixed African Exhibit. A variety of African animals such as the zebra, giraffes, antelopes and white rhinoceroses were in plain view. Besides the progress on development, the zoo has achieved many notable animal births throughout the years. Our flamingos are laying eggs for the first time since they took residence here. The first clutch of eggs is a good sign that the birds have established and adjusted themselves.GARA On 14 November 1972, the second Prime Minister of Malaysia Y.A.B. Tun Haji Abdul Razak inaugurated Aquarium Negara at a colourful ceremony accompanied by his wife, Toh Puan Hajjah Rahah, Cabinet Ministers and many others. Our Society President and Education Minister, Y.B. Encik Khir Johari announced that the Prime Minister has also accepted the invitation to be the Patron of our Society.


In 2014, a male and female giant panda pair named Xing Xing and Liang Liang went on public display at an air-conditioned, purpose-built Giant Panda Conservation Centre. The pandas are on a 10-year loan to Malaysia.
Map 2011 Map 2015 Map 2020
After paying the entrance fee we turn left and walk across a bridge. Now we have a big lake in front of us with milky starks, pelicans etc. On the right RIMBA dioversiti centre, a large insect house with a butterfly garden. Following the lake we meet girafes and a bit later the Malayan tapir. Then we have reached a bird area with aviaries that can be entered. Here we also can see the mouse deer. Then its time to meet chetal and other deer species. Next its the big cats with lion, tiger, cheetah and leopard. Then its time to look at small mammals area. Then heading north we first meet white rhinos. Next to them is a big savannah with antelopes, zebras and even more giraffes. Across we find enclosures for orang utans. Going bit back we se the Arabian camels. Here we go up the hill and enter the giant panda house. Bit downhill we then follow a small stream, here we meet porcuoine, hyena, padmelons, binturongs and the cougar. Across we find the mighty Malayan gaur, next to them the Asian elephant. On the left we then have some bovines like the banteng and the water buffalo. Following the sound we reached a big flamingo lagoon. On the right we then have a large reptile house, outside are several enclosures for tortoises and crocodyles. Next to it a area with some deer species and agile wallabies. Across we find the nyala, barking deer and a bit later the sun bear. Then its time to see Indian gaurs and hippos. Here we torn left to walk towards the aquarium. On our road we meet lion tailed macaques, sea lions and penguins. On the left side we then have a large aquarium with especially local fish. Returning back where we turned left we follow the road on the right. Here we meet several gibbons and other monkey species. 

DE: Dieser Zoo zeigt insbesonders Malayische Tiere aber auch seltenheiten wie den Grossen Panda und Nyalas. Er verfügt über ein Insektarium, ein grosses terrarium und ein grosses Aquarium

DK: Denne have viser især Malajsiske dyr men også sjældenhedder som kæmpepandaen og nyalaen. Haven råder over et insektarium, et stort terrarium og et stort akvarium
Lav din egen hjemmeside med mono.net