The National Zoo (Malay: Zoo Negara) is a zoo in Malaysia located on 110 acres (45 ha) of land in Ulu Klang, near Taman Melawati, in north-east Kuala Lumpur. It was officially opened on 14 November 1963 the country's first prime minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman. The park is managed by a non-governmental organisation known as the Malaysian Zoological Society. For funding, Zoo Negara relies on gate collections and on support from donors and sponsors.
Zoo Negara is home to 5137 animals of 459 different species. Over the years, the zoo has transformed itself to an open concept zoo with over 90% of its animals kept in spacious exhibits with landscape befitting its nature.
Zoo Negara received MS ISO 9001:2008 certification in July 2007, and is a member of the South East Asian Zoos Association (SEAZA). The President and chairman of the zoo is Y. Bhg. Dato' Ismail Hutson.
Using Middle Ring Road 2 (MRR2) – from Ampang, u-turn at the Taman Melawati exit and take the first left; from Gombak, take the first left after the Taman Melawati exit flyover.
Hop on the Metrobus bus 16 from Central Market. This bus will bring you to the zoo entrance.
Using Kelana Jaya Line LRT, get down at the Wangsa Maju LRT Station and take a taxi or the feeder bus to the zoo.
- Reptile Park
- Monkey/Lesser Apes
- Malaysian Elephants
- Lake Birds
- Bird Aviary
- Nocturnal Exhibits
- Humboldt Penguins
- Children's World
- Bear Complex
- Savannah Walk
- Nile Hippopotamus
- Mammal Kingdom
- Freshwater Aquaria
- Cat Walk
- Ape Centre
- Insect Zoo
- Sea Lions, macaques and macaws are part of a Multi-Animal Show that is shown twice daily.
- Train rides and guided tours are available on weekends.
- The Mini Bee Museum is located at the heart of Zoo Negara and helps educate visitors about the many types of bees in the country.
- The Multi-Animal Photo Corner is located by the zoo's main entrance, and is opens on weekends. Visitors can have their pictures taken with snakes, miniature horses and birds.