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“Nice Birdshow, but Not Well Maintained”

Melaka Zoo and Night Safari
Ipoh, Malaysia
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Nice Birdshow, but Not Well Maintained”
Reviewed January 20, 2014

The zoo is not a welcoming place to tourists. Firstly, the parking is limited, hilly and steep and we have to pay for it though we are paying for the entrance ticket. The only way a wheelchair-bound disabled/baby stroller wants to go from their car to the zoo entrance is by strolling at the roadside, where the traffic is busy. No protection route or blockage for strollers and wheelchairs. The walkway is specifically for, er.. walking people only where they only provide stairs without ramp. There is only one steep ramp is visible, at the ticket counter.

The zoo is like a real bush jungle. The plants were not maintained properly. There are a few "under maintenance" toilets There are a few empty cages. The animal varieties are decent and interesting, but access for wheel bounded people are terrible, similar to the parking area.

The moment we arrived, we quickly went for the train stop. We really require the train because we brought 2 toddlers and a baby. Sadly the signboard wrote that the train is not operating "due to breakdown OR some faulty. We will inform you once it is operable". Luckily we brought the stroller. But after spending almost two hours walking my children became really tired, a train passed by. Then followed by another one 10 minutes later. How frustrated my kids were!
They really wanted to have the ride.

But it's a blessing in disguise. My kids were able to have a closer view at the animals and experience how the animals habits in their cages longer compared to riding the train. But alas, there was no short path in the zoo and we have to walk around the whole route.

We were glad we can attend the bird show on time. If not, it will be a wasteful and tiring evening for us. The show have some qualities showmanship and the way they presented the show was excellent. Congratulations anyway.

Visited January 2014
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Seremban, Malaysia
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“So little to see”
Reviewed December 18, 2013

Visited the Melaka Zoo with my grandsons on 7th Dec 2013 . Very few animals seen , mostly Deers and Cows . Many cages were empty and overgrown grass and scrubs . Wonder this was done on purpose or was poorly managed . Bird show even though it was free was not on time . It started with a sign board at the bird show entrance stating showtime was at 10.00 am but was changed to 10.30 am at the last minute . The open air auditorium became packed but there was no show even at 11.00 am . Found out that the sound system was faulty and that technicians were repairing it . Show eventually started at 11.30 am when audience started booing due to the heat and crowded atmosphere. . By that time quite a large crowd left as they could not wait anymore for the show to start . It was not worth the wait as the show was over after about 15 minutes . Am not sure whether the staff responsible for the show did a trail run , checked and tested the system well before the show . It was a let down and the trip to the zoo was indeed a waste ot time for us . We hope more proffessionism can be practised as the public had to pay for the zoo's entrance ..Would not want to visit this zoo in future if given the choice .

Visited December 2013
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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25 reviews
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“Better than expected”
Reviewed December 11, 2013

Animals seemed really well taken care of and the place did not reek as it did twenty years back when I last visited the zoo with my parents (yes the smell created a lasting impression). It is comparable to Singapore Zoo, and definitely better than Zoo Negara. A worthwhile visit with the kids.

Visited December 2013
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Klang, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Disappointed visit”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

Enterence fee just increase to RM15/person..

We came at 9.30 am..zoo just open..

On the signboard said that train start operating at 10 am..but until 10.30 am still not operated..may be time in Malacca is 30 minutes late from other places in Malaysia..I decided to walk after tired waiting for the train..

There is lot of cage without animal and under construction..

After one hour walking,we already finished the zoo tour (cause there is not so much animal to see)..

Gift shop..still not open when we want to left the zoo..

Visited December 2013
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Melbourne
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“Wonderful Zoo with a twist”
Reviewed November 5, 2013

I was at Melaka Zoo & Night Safari lately and boy, have they changed, heard that its privatised and therefore this change is really a welcome. We were greeted by the colorful Macaws at the 1st point of entry and was then the photography section. As it was a hot day, we took the tram to go 1 round then started to walk thereafter. The animals on display has grown to many types as I was there 10 years ago and it is really different now. We were informed that this year is their 50th year and will be celebrating with a much activities planned up soon for the upcoming school holidays. One highlight of the trip was the Bird Show which is a must-watch, unfortunately we were not able to proceed with the Night Safari but would go back there one day. This Zoo is advocating Recreation, Education & Conservation through its many programs planned up. Is happy that Melaka Zoo s up to par with its immediate counterparts worldwide. Keep it up!

Visited November 2013
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