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National Zoo

Get a real taste of Malaysian wildlife at Kuala Lumpur's wonderful zoo.

Situated near Taman Melawati in north-east Kuala Lumpur, the expansive National Zoo of Malaysia is home to over 5,000 animals and attracts thousands of visitors every year. The zoo endorses open-concept enclosures and exhibits that are specifically designed to closely emulate the natural habitat of each different species. With 18 exhibits, visitors will need to spend the best part of a day here in order to see everything – but it will be worth it!

First port of call has got to be the magnificent Savannah Walk. Home to a mix of native African animals such as antelope, giraffes, zebras and rhinoceroses, this is a rare opportunity to get close to these stately beasts. The enormous space offers an exact replica of the animals' natural environment and that, in itself, is great to experience.

At the lush Ape Centre, Bornean and Sumatran orangutans take centre stage while chimpanzees jostle for attention. Katy and Manja are two delightful female apes who will pose for photos – but only if they are in the mood!

From here, make a beeline for the Mammal Kingdom. This exhibit primarily houses nocturnal animals including slow loris, pumas and striped hyenas but the main attraction is definitely the South American capybara – the world’s largest rodent.

A real highlight is the Cat Walk which, as the name suggests, features a selection of big cats, including majestic African lions and stealthy Bengal and Malaysian tigers. You will know you are close when you hear the mighty roar of the lions. It can get quite crowded around this exhibit but it’s worth the effort to see these sleek felines as they laze around the pool and cast a hungry eye over the onlookers.

Next, take a trip down under at the Australian Plains where visitors can get a real flavour of Australian wildlife. Kangaroos, wallabies and emus are all present and correct here, but keep a special eye out for the tiny pademelons – the smallest marsupial in the zoo.

The adjacent Bird Aviary is a real treat for ornithologists and casual visitors alike. Containing one of the largest collections of bird species in Malaysia, this noisy and colourful aviary is a joy to wander through.

It’s worth noting that the zoo is also home to a fantastic reptile house, bear complex and one of the oldest public aquariums in the country. There is an enormous amount to see across this 45-hectare site so put on a pair of comfy shoes, take a deep breath and off you go!

It's worth giving yourself loads of time at National Zoo. Below are some of the best activities:

When arranging your trip, you may want to think about purchasing a National Zoo with Visit to Giant Panda Conservation Centre and a National Zoo - Private.

Peruse our Kuala Lumpur things to do page to learn about even more activities in the area.


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The Second Home
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The Second Home

1709, Jalan Lee Woon, Taman Zooview, Ampang Jaya, Selangor
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Ampang Jaya, this guesthouse is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from National Zoo and within 6 miles (10 km) of Ampang Point Shopping Centre and Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur. Royal Thai Embassy and Taman U Thant are also within 6 miles (10 km).

    New Wave Hotel Melawati SG$16
    New Wave Hotel Melawati

    New Wave Hotel Melawati

    No 284 Jalan Bandar 11 Taman Melawati, Taman Melawati
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Taman Melawati, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from National Zoo and within 6 miles (10 km) of Ampang Point Shopping Centre and Royal Thai Embassy. Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur and Taman U Thant are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Melawati Hotel SG$15
      Melawati Hotel

      Melawati Hotel

      No. 321-A1 Lorong Selangor Bandar Baru, Taman Melawati
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Taman Melawati, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from National Zoo and within 6 miles (10 km) of Ampang Point Shopping Centre and Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur. Royal Thai Embassy and Taman U Thant are also within 6 miles (10 km).

        Ark Malawti Hotel SG$21
        Ark Malawti Hotel

        Ark Malawti Hotel

        261, Jalan Bandar 12, Taman Melawati, Selangor
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Taman Melawati, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from National Zoo and within 6 miles (10 km) of Ampang Point Shopping Centre and Royal Thai Embassy. Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur and Taman U Thant are also within 6 miles (10 km).

          Bjorn Boutique Hotel Wangsa Maju
          Bjorn Boutique Hotel Wangsa Maju

          Bjorn Boutique Hotel Wangsa Maju

             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Kuala Lumpur, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from National Zoo and within 6 miles (10 km) of KLCC Park and Petronas Twin Towers. Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur and Royal Thai Embassy are also within 6 miles (10 km). Sri Rampai Station is 13 minutes by foot and Wangsa Maju Station is 26 minutes.

            OYO 89783 Bjorn Boutique Hotel Wangsa Ma
            OYO 89783 Bjorn Boutique Hotel Wangsa Ma

            OYO 89783 Bjorn Boutique Hotel Wangsa Ma

            57, Jalan Wangsa Delima 5, Pusat, Bandar Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Kuala Lumpur, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from National Zoo and within 6 miles (10 km) of KLCC Park and Petronas Twin Towers. Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur and Royal Thai Embassy are also within 6 miles (10 km). Sri Rampai Station is 13 minutes by foot and Wangsa Maju Station is 26 minutes.

              Preece's B & B SG$28
              Preece's B & B

              Preece's B & B

              21, Jalan C 10, Taman Melawati, Taman Melawati, Kuala Lumpur
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Taman Melawati, this guesthouse is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Melawati Mall and within 3 miles (5 km) of National Zoo and Royal Selangor Visitor Centre. Batu Caves and Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur are also within 6 miles (10 km).

                HYD Hotel Wangsa Maju
                HYD Hotel Wangsa Maju

                HYD Hotel Wangsa Maju

                3, Jalan Wangsa Delima 5, Pusat Bandar Wangsa Maju (KLSC), Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the business district, this hotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from National Zoo and within 6 miles (10 km) of KLCC Park and Petronas Twin Towers. Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur and Royal Thai Embassy are also within 6 miles (10 km). Sri Rampai Station is 13 minutes by foot and Wangsa Maju Station is 26 minutes.