New animals will be added to boost visitor arrival
T.N. ALAGESH KUANTAN firstname.lastname@example.org
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.