June 2, 2004

Melaka Zoo To Operate "Night Safari"

MELAKA, May 30 (Bernama) -- From Friday, the Melaka Zoo in Ayer Keroh here will introduce night safaris to enable the public view the nocturnal life of its animal population.
Melaka Zoo director Mohamad Nawayai Yasak said the night safaris would allow visitors to view some 2,000 wildlife species known to be active nocturnally.
"Initially, the night safaris will be held only on Friday, Saturday and public holidays from 8pm to 12 midnight," he told reporters after joining a trial night safari at the zoo Saturday night.
Mohamad Nawayai said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Ali Rustam would launch the safari on Friday.
He said visitors were required to board a tram during the safaris in the 21.6-hectare zoo and they would be accompanied by zoo workers who would also serve as guides.
Mohamad Nawayai said the zoo spent RM900,000 to upgrade facilities for the night safaris including installation of floodlights at the animals' cages and along the safari route.
Tickets for the night safaris are priced RM10 (adults) and RM5 (children) each.
Mohamad Nawayai said in conjunction with the safari's launch, the zoo was offering 50 per cent discount on each of the adult tickets and 40 per cent cut in admission charges for children aged 12 and below.
The discount promotion ends August.
Mohamad Nawayai said he expected the night safari to draw between 150,000 and 200,000 visitors a year.

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