Me­laka Bird Park eyes 100,000 vis­i­tors

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ME­LAKA: About 100,000 vis­i­tors are ex­pected to visit the Me­laka Bird Park next year af­ter it re-opened last month with new fea­tures and at­trac­tions, said state Hous­ing, Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man Tey Kok Kiew.

He said im­prove­ments were made to the fam­ily recre­ational park, bird cages, boost­ing the num­ber of bird species, launch­ing the Ju­nior Di­nosaur Club (Dino Jr Fan Club) and adding vir­tual re­al­ity and aug­mented re­al­ity games.

With a to­tal area of 2.02ha, in­clud­ing car parks, the Me­laka Bird Park houses 113 birds from 23 species, in­clud­ing six pea­cocks.

“Since the open­ing on Nov 23 un­til yes­ter­day, 16,568 vis­i­tors have vis­ited the park and the num­ber is ex­pected to dou­ble by the end of the year. “The Me­laka Bird Park, prior to this, was among the pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions and a must-visit by lo­cal and for­eign vis­i­tors. We will add other at­trac­tions,” he said af­ter the launch of the park and the Di­nosaur Club here yes­ter­day.

Tey said the Me­laka Bird Park would be re­de­vel­oped with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of Hang Tuah Jaya Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil (MPHTJ) and a lo­cal com­pany, WeGrow Global, in­cor­po­rat­ing a con­cept that would fea­ture re­cre­ation, en­ter­tain­ment and ed­u­ca­tion.

Present at the event were MPHTJ pres­i­dent Mohd Rafee Ibrahim and WeGrow Global ad­viser Datuk Mustaffa Shar­iff.

Tick­ets for the park are priced at RM6 for adults and RM3 for chil­dren.

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