FAM­ILY-FRIENDLY

New an­i­mals will be added to boost vis­i­tor ar­rival

New Straits Times - - News -

T.N. ALAGESH KUANTAN alagesh@nst.com.my

THE Terun­tum Mini Zoo here con­tin­ues to draw vis­i­tors to its premises, es­pe­cially on week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days. Lo­cated less than a kilo­me­tre from the fa­mous Teluk Cempedak beach, the strate­gi­cally-lo­cated zoo is of­ten packed with peo­ple, es­pe­cially fam­i­lies.

Kuantan Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil pres­i­dent Datuk Fadzil­lah Salleh said the premises re­ceived be­tween 3,000 and 5,000 vis­i­tors a month.

He said the zoo un­der­went re­fur­bish­ment sev­eral years ago and had been look­ing into mea­sures to boost vis­i­tor ar­rival, with sev­eral ideas be­ing put into ac­tion soon.

“We will be bring­ing in rusa Jawa (Sunda sam­bar, a deer na­tive to In­done­sia) and Painted storks as the lat­est ad­di­tion to the zoo.

“The coun­cil is in talks with Zoo Ne­gara for an an­i­mal ex­change pro­gramme, which will al­low us to put more an­i­mals on dis­play here for a cer­tain length of time.

“We need to iden­tify which an­i­mal will be suit­able de­pend­ing on the en­clo­sures (in the zoo) be­fore im­ple­ment­ing it.”

Fadzil­lah said the zoo was home to os­triches, deer, tur­tles, mousedeer, snakes, rab­bits, igua­nas and var­i­ous species of birds.

He said the zoo used to of­fer a night zoo, a con­cept first in­tro­duced in 2011 to boost vis­i­tor ar­rival, but, it was stopped af­ter the am­a­teur stu­dio op­er­at­ing it ceased op­er­a­tions.

The stu­dio al­lowed peo­ple to per­form on stage at night on week­ends as it would al­low them to both at­tend the show and take a tour around the zoo.

A zoo care­taker said vis­i­tors would drop by dur­ing the fast­ing month while wait­ing to break fast at the beach area nearby.

“We do not charge an en­trance fee as the an­i­mals are cared for by the coun­cil staff, who are trained in han­dling them.

“The zoo adopts a fam­ily-ori­ented con­cept and there are play­grounds to keep chil­dren oc­cu­pied dur­ing their vis­its here.”

Mean­while, on Fri­day, it was re­ported that fol­low­ing a drop in ticket sales at Zoo Ne­gara Malaysia, the Am­pang Jaya Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil was mulling whether to al­low a night mar­ket on the zoo premises.

The night mar­ket idea in­volves rent­ing out of the zoo park­ing lot be­tween 6pm and mid­night in or­der to help shore up rev­enue.

Terun­tum Mini Zoo in Ta­man Terun­tum, Kuantan.

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