National Zoo

The National Zoo is located at the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur nearby the Kemensah Waterfall. It was officially opened on 14 November 1963 by the then first prime minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman. It is the biggest zoo in Malaysia.

The zoo spanns over 110 acres around a central lake. It houses 5137 specimens from 476 species. It practices an open concept with over 90% of the animals are kept in a spacious exhibits with landscape befitting their habitats.

The wildlife sanctuary is managed by Malaysian Zoological Society. For funding, it relies on ticket collections, sponsorship and donations. The zoo is consist of a forest, a lake and 16 animal exhibits.

The most popular exhibit is Giant Panda Conservation Centre. Xing Xing, a male panda, and Liang Liang, a female panda, went on public display  in 2014. The pandas are on a 10-year loan to Malaysia.

Besides the Giant Panda, other exhibits such as Reptile Park, Malaysian Elephants,
Malayan tapir, Humboldt Penguins, Pouchland, Savannah Walk,Cat Walk and many more.

There are also shows performed by sea lions, macaques and macaws held twice daily. The show times are at 11.00 a m and 3.00 p.m. On the weekend, there will be train rides and guided tours available for the visitors. Visitors also can have their pictures taken with snakes, miniature horses and birds at the photo booth corner near the entrance of the zoo.

There is a Tram Ride service provided for the visitors. However, a separate fee is charged for the service. The tram route has eight stops and it moves along the route counter clockwise.

Zoo negara is accessible by public transportation. The nearest bus stop is SEK SERI INAI MRR2. There are two bus lines for Zoo Negara route, 220 and 253. However, it is advisable to use the car as a mode of transportation.

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Image by: Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy Ooi

Opening Hours

Daily : 9.00 a.m – 5.00 p.m


Without MyKad: RM82.00
With MyKad: RM43.00
ASEAN citizen: RM61.00
I-Kad, Working Permit, Dependent: RM50.00

Without MyKad: RM43.00
With MyKad: RM16.00
ASEAN citizen: RM33.00
I-Kad, Working Permit, Dependent: RM25.00

Senior citizen
With MyKad: RM21.00


Jalan Ulu Kelang, Kemensah Heights, 68000 Ampang, Selangor, Malaysia

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Hear From Others

Yay! Finally we get to see the giant pandas… before you enter the building, you will be told to walk and talk quietly so as not to disturb the pandas (see what I mean about having a good life?). One of the pandas was eating bamboo most of the time we were in there… apparently they spend 20 hours a day eating, and consume up to 9-20kg bamboo daily. The pandas here are called Xing Xing and Liang Liang.


We get to get a close look at the animals.
They are all lovely and cute.
We all fell in love with them.
And for me, I fell hopelessly in love with the tiger, Pacin.
But he was moody that day and I can’t get to see him closely that day.

Wynne K.

We met a friendly zookeeper, he saw me with my long lens and told me to stand next to him as he’s going to feed the squirrels. He fed them grapes and explained it was a family of squirrels with the mother expecting her second batch of litter. He pointed out her little belly showing and said the babies will be due soon.

Elise Wong


Nearby Attractions

Kemensah Waterfall

Located nearby the Zoo Negara. Kemensah Waterfall provide a quick retreat for city dwellers to escape the hustle and the bustle of the city.

Tabur Hill

Tabur hill is one of the most popular hiking spots among the Kuala Lumpur locals due to its vicinity to the city center.

FRIM (Forest Research Institute)

The research center provides opportunity for the visitors to learn about nature in a fun way. It promotes sustainable management and optimal use of the forest.