ISKANDAR PUTERI: Some 23 baby animals, including a female tiger, have been born at Johor Zoo in the past five years, says Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor.
The chairman of the state and local government housing committee added that the young animals came from six different species at the zoo, Malaysia’s oldest.
“From 2018 until now, Johor Zoo has received other newborns including a female tiger, two cubs, eight spotted deer, 10 sambar deer, two tapirs and two porcupines.
“It proves that Johor Zoo always cares and (looks after) the welfare of its animals,” he added.
Mohd Jafni was responding to Liow Cai Tung (PH-Johor Jaya), who asked about the current status and upgrade of the zoo during the state assembly meeting at Bangunan Sultan Ismail in Kota Iskandar, Tuesday, June 21.
He added that the opening hours of Johor Zoo have been temporarily suspended from October 18, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and upgrades are planned.
“Based on discussions with the parties who participated in a working visit on June 12, and taking into account the proposed development projects that can be implemented in the short and medium term, the time required for this will be approximately a year,” he said. .
When met outside the august house, Mohd Jafni said the government was considering building a new zoo near here.
“We have identified a plot of 20.2 ha somewhere in Iskandar Puteri, not far from a residential area. The size of the land is ideal for us to build a new zoo.
“It’s still early planning because we need a big grant to build a new zoo,” he said.
If the project is approved, some of the animals from Johor Zoo would be moved to the new zoo.
Jafni added that the Johor Zoo will remain at the same location with a few animals kept there.
“We will also study Singapore Zoo, Melaka Zoo, Taiping Zoo and other zoos that have large crowds and try to implement it in the new zoo here,” he said.