Help Save Zoo Negara by Adopting An Animal!
By: Mr Write-ster
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In the recent enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in Malaysia, many businesses categorized as non-essential services are forced to go on a temporary hiatus until the mid of April 2020.
Such is the case with Zoo Negara Malaysia, the largest zoological park in Malaysia for over 50 years and also home to 5137 animals from 476 different species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
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Zoo Negara Malaysia is run by the Malaysian Zoological Society. According to Zoo Negara’s deputy President Rosly@Rahmat Ahmat Lana, while they are able to cover the cost to run the zoological park via visitors’ fees, there is insufficient funding to upgrade and maintain the park. The zoo plunged further into a financial struggle when they lose a five-year federal grants worth RM 5 million back in 2004.
With the MCO in effect, Zoo Negara has been closed to all visitors and is unable to generate any revenue. Due to the lack of ticket sales and donations, it is now forced to dive into its emergency fund to cover its operating costs. Without support, this emergency fund would deplete in three months.
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That’s horrible! Why not just release these animals back into the wild and shut down the zoo? While the intention to set them free is admirable, unlike wild animals, we need to also consider the fact that these animals are bred in confined premises and already accustomed to the care of the zoo management, thus may not be able to survive in the wild by themselves.
(Image Credit: Zoo Negara Malaysia)
Despite the challenge, Rosly stated that food supply for the animals is sufficient as their suppliers are still providing the necessary, assuring that all animals at the zoo remain healthy and are in good shape.
Hence, Rosly has invited the public to partake in their ‘Adopt An Animal’ campaign by donating to Malaysian Zoological Society. By donating, you will receive a certificate of adoption stating your selected animal. You will also be acknowledged and reflected in the Zoo Negara Annual Report and website based on the amount you donated.
Here are some of the animals that have been put up for adoption on Zoo Negara Malaysia’s Facebook page:
(Image Credit: Zoo Negara Malaysia Facebook Page)
Of course, you’re not literally adopting the animal lah! After all, you wouldn’t know how to properly feed a tiger without becoming its food, let alone keep one in your apartment, right? Your adopted animals will be in the good hands of the zoo management whereby the donation would be used to maintain the animal’s food, wellbeing and veterinary care expenses.
For more information about the donation campaign, visit the Zoo Negara official website here.
Help save Zoo Negara. Help save their home. Become a sponsor by donating and adopting an animal today!
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p.s. if someone doesn’t believe you own a tiger, show them your adoption certificate of the tiger you adopted from Zoo Negara =P