Since closing its doors to visitors, Zoo Negara is forced to use its emergency funds to cover operating costs due to the lack of donation and ticket sales since the Movement Control Order (MCO) took place on 18 March.
Zoo Negara deputy president [email protected] Ahmat Lana told New Straits Times that all animals in the zoo are all healthy and in good shape.
“It is a big challenge for us to cover the zoo’s operating costs during this temporary closure as Zoo Negara relies on ticket sales, space rentals, space rentals, corporate sponsorships and public donations for income,” he told NST.
Rosly said as of now, no organisations had come forward to contribute to the Zoo Negara’s funds, forcing it to utilise its emergency funds to continue operating during the MCO period.
The zoo is managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society (MZS) – a non-governmental organisation and the emergency fund is a provision specifically created by the management for unforeseen circumstances such as this.
According to Rosly, the funds could sustain operations for only three months. However, Rosly said the zoo has enough food supply for now as appointed contractors still deliver supplies.
“For those who wanted to donate, they can do so by participating in our Adopt An Animal campaign,” he said.
Like most zoos around the world, Rosly said such campaign is implemented to help raise revenue that will be used to maintain and care for the animals.
Head to zoonegaramalaysia.my/adopt for more information on how you can help.