Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sabah zoo plans roaring business

Posted by Smookiekins On 1/08/2013 03:18:00 PM

A new master plan is on the cards to turn Sabah's fledging Lok Kawi Wildlife Park into a world class zoo.

The 113.3ha zoological and botanical park about 35km from the city, which opened five years ago, is in need of a revamp to boost revenue and draw in at least 500,000 visitors annually.

Sabah Wildlife Department senior veterinarian Dr Sen Nathan said RM500,000 had been allocated to work out a master plan for the zoo, which is costing about RM8mil a year to maintain against returns averaging RM2mil annually.

“We have to make our operations more profitable by improving our facilities and services,” he said, adding that the number of visitors averaged about 140,000 annually over the past five years after they saw a peak in 2008 with 200,000 visitors.

He said the master plan would address the streamlining of the park's management and staffing while looking at animal procurement and also do away with old designs that were not in accordance with world standards.

“The plan will also look at marketing and promotional efforts,” he said, adding that they would focus on Sabah's wildlife like primates, including orang utans and proboscis monkeys, large animals like the pygmy elephants and tembadau and the rare Sumatran rhino that is being bred in captivity.

Under the plan, the zoo is also looking at procuring other animals like giraffes, zebras and lions, he said.

He said Lok Kawi zoo had the capacity and potential to become a world class zoo.


Source: The Star
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10 comments:

  1. Perbanyakkan promosi di serata dunia bagi menarik lebih ramai pelancong.

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  2. Malaysia, represented by the Wildlife Department in Sabah, is leading a worldwide bid to save the Sumatran rhinoceros that are in serious danger of extinction

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  3. there are not more than 350 of this specie of rhinoceros left on earth and there are no more than 50 of them in Malaysia.

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  4. To be exact, there are no more than 30 in fragmented areas, mainly in the Tabin and the Danum Valley in the Lahad Datu district of Sabah

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  5. These are the two areas we surveyed that have a good number of rhinos left, the bulk of rhinos in Sabah

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  6. Datuk Masidi Manjun, the minister concerned, subsequently presented a Cabinet paper that was approved, thus giving a mandate for his department to undertake a captive breeding programme, known as the Borneo Rhino Sanctuary programme.

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  7. The Sabah Wildlife Department, Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC) and the NGO HUTAN recently launched the Bornean Banteng Programme with funding from Houston Zoo, the Malaysian Palm Oil Council, the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and Woodland Park Zoo.

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    1. The project will collaborate with several partners such as the Sabah Forestry Department, New Forests Asia Sdn Bhd and the Malua Biobank Project, Cardiff University and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

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  8. The Bornean Banteng Programme, initiated by our department, will intend to advance understanding and the conservation of one of the most charismatic and still unknown mammal species, the Bornean banteng

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  9. Ecological information is crucial to the conservation of the banteng, however its elusive behaviour, the remote inhospitable forest habitat it lives in and its small population size preclude investigations

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