Something exciting but not too intense? Something educational for the kids but not in the least bit boring? Rest assured, a family day out at Zoo Negara guarantees all that and so much more!
So want that perfect family outing? Check out our guide that covers all you need to know about Zoo Negara:
Introduction to Zoo Negara
Just ask anyone where you’ll find the most animals in Malaysia, and you’re likely to get Zoo Negara as an answer! This 58-year-old establishment is as rich with history as it is with diverse flora and fauna. Totalling to 5137 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and amphibians, the possibilities of discovery here are endless.
Take Note of These SOPs
- Kids aged below 12 years old are free to enter so long as they are accompanied by fully-vaccinated adults.
- Use your MySejahtera app to check in yourself and your dependents when entering the zoo.
- The Zoo Negara staff will be on standby to screen your temperature before permitting access.
- Most importantly, make sure you and your kids are always protected by wearing face masks and sanitizing on the regular!
The zoo is open to visitors from 9 AM to 5 PM daily. However, you might want to head out a bit earlier to avoid floods of people during lunch hour and weekends especially. That way, you’ll be able to take your time going through all the exhibits as you wish.
For Malaysian citizens:
- Adults – RM45
- Children (3 – 12 years old) – RM18
- Senior citizen (Above 60 years old) – RM23
- Adults/Senior citizen – RM88
- Children – RM43
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You could also opt for a guided tour around Zoo Negara to ensure you don’t miss out on any must-see exhibits. Book your tickets here:
How to Get There
By car – The national zoo is situated not too far from the city centre, that is a 15-minute drive away. To get there, get on the Middle Ring Road 2 route. At the zoo, you’ll have to pay a parking fee of RM10.
By train – Ride the LRT and alight at the Wangsa Maju station. From there, you’ll have to hail a Grab or taxi to reach Zoo Negara.
By bus – Instead of a cab, you can also take RapidKL bus 253 from the Wangsa Maju station and the Putra LRT station. If you’re coming from Lebuh Ampang, KL, then catch bus number 220 that heads directly to the zoo.
Best Attractions You Can’t Miss
If you’re running low on time to plan an itinerary, then ours will come in handy! Check out some of these fun activities to keep you and your family occupied.
1. Giant Panda Conservation Centre
Start your family zoo outing right by heading over to the giant panda enclosure. Come face-to-face with the two most lovable pandas flown all the way from China, Xing Xing and Liang Liang. Not to forget their little bundle of joy that’s even more adorable, baby panda Yi Yi! These gentle giants will captivate you with their serene behavior, all in the refuge of a zen bamboo garden.
2. Multi-Animal Show
Next up, prepare to be amazed by a very special set of performers. Watch the animals take the stage with their amusing (and often surprising) acts. In particular, witness the sea lions and macaws perform an array of amazing tricks in the multi-animal show!
These are held everyday except for weekends. Showtimes are usually from 11 AM to 3 PM on Mondays to Thursdays while ending at 3.30 PM on Fridays. So, do remember to take note of the timings prior to visiting the zoo.
3. Bird Aviary
Swarmed with birds of every breed and color, take your family through a mesmerizing passage with some feathered companions. Besides being a tourist magnet, Zoo Negara also provides a safe haven for endangered creatures that includes rare exotic birds.
Adjacent to the aviary lies the Tunku Abdul Rahman lake, where you’ll find Milky storks, pelicans, swans and hundreds of other free-flying wonders!
4. Humboldt Penguins
Not all penguins are from the South Pole! Another attraction not to missed is definitely the chance to meet the one-of-a-kind Humboldt penguins from the Czech Republic. Their natural affinity for warm climates are what makes them adaptable to our scorching Malaysian weather. Catch them propelling through the waves during the 11 AM live feeding session where you’ll catch them in action.
5. Savannah Walk
How to go on an African safari without venturing out of the country? By taking a trip down the Savannah walk, of course! Get your camera ready as you’ll be able to spot tall, lanky giraffes, ostriches, zebras and white rhinos in this open air exhibit.
6. Children’s World
It’s a kid’s world here in Zoo Negara! Walking around for hours can make the young ones a little restless, so the zoo has got a designated area just for this. Let your children run and play around, as well as pet some friendly goats, ponies and deers.
On top of that, there’s a special cave hidden with interesting artifacts like ancient skeletal remnants and remains of extinct species. Here’s your chance to play explorer with your kids and have a fun time together!
Available Facilities & Amenities
Locker rental – Don’t want all the bulk on you as you walk through the entire zoo? Then rent a locker for only RM2 at to roam about the compound hassle-free!
Baby strollers – Save the trouble of packing up a baby stroller because Zoo Negara‘s got you covered. You can rent a baby stroller at information counter B for RM20 with a refundable RM50 deposit payment upfront. There are several stroller parking sites you can utilise namely at the Multi-Animal Show, Tram Station and other exhibits.
Wheelchairs – If you have elderly persons with you, you’ll need to pay a rental fee of RM5 and a refundable deposit of RM50 to obtain a wheelchair.
Tram rides – Long walks aren’t for everyone, so the zoo provides a tram service to make things a little more comfortable for its visitors. There are two tram stations available, Tram Station 1 (Malaysian: Adult RM8, Child RM5/Non-Malaysian: Adult RM11, Child RM9) and Tram Station 2 (Malaysians & Non-Malaysians: Adult RM5, Child RM5). There is also a VIP Tram service which costs RM300 per hour, and it transports customers to each animal exhibit for a more personalized experience.
So there you have it! If your family has still got some energy left after a day at the zoo, here are some other items to add to your itinerary: