This year has been kind of rough for many individuals and organizations, and Malaysia’s national zoo is one such establishment that has been impacted. Although running at a loss, and with the death of a prized Malayan tiger cub further marring the year 2020, Zoo Negara is looking forward to welcoming the New Year with much hope.
Now, just when we thought that there was not much action at the zoo with a plunge in visitors, here’s what has been brewing behind the scenes…or cages and dens more like it. A blessing of a different kind as one may choose to see it, with an absence in the usual flow of tourists and sightseers, animals at the zoo apparently found the time to mate, resulting in 55 new baby animals.
Zoo Negara is now home to baby wallabies, nyala antelope, banteng (Borneo wild cattle), Malayan porcupine, brush-tailed porcupine, greater mousedeer, padamelon, Indian gaur, capybara, and red lechwe antelope. But wait…there’s more to the list. Volunteers and zookeepers now have the added responsibility to tend to hatchlings from a milky stork and a Malay buffy fish owl.
Zoo officials also mentioned that they have been lucky this year with the successful natural breeding of various snake species including copperhead racers, mangrove snakes, Wagler’s pit vipers, and granite and albino pythons.
Now, when the control order is fully lifted, and when it is much safer to travel, it would surely be nice to pop by the zoo to see how these babies are doing.