Zoo Johor

Zoo Johor is one of the oldest zoos in Malaysia. It was built in 1928 by His Royal Highness Almarhum Sultan Sir Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Sir Abu Bakar as an animal garden. In 1962, the zoo was handed over to Johor State Government and opened to the public.

The zoo hosts over 100 species of animals like gorillas, elephants, horses, exotic birds like flamingos and wild animals such as lions. Some endangered animals are also placed here for protection and care.

The zoo is clean and well organized. There are plenty of food carts too. It is really a fitting spot for families to spend time together. It is equipped with facilities such as playground, food stalls, recreation square, toilets etc. The zoo also hosts animal shows for entertainment. The visitors can also play with the friendly elephants.

Image by: Mohd Fazlin Mohd Effendy 


Operating Hours

Daily: 8.00 a.m – 6.00 p.m


Adult: RM 2.00

Child: RM 1.00


Jalan Gertak Merah, Taman Istana, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

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Hear From Others

What I really liked is how close I can get to the animals because of the zoo’s casual attitude towards safety. Most zoos have such a vast safety distance between people and animals that it is better to stay home and watch National Geography.

Darren Ng

If you go with moderate expectations, you shouldn’t be disappointed. Just remember if you can see a hippopotamus for under $1 USD it’s an unbelievable bargain! I would recommend allocating 2-3 hours to see all the animals and maybe longer if you are travelling with inquisitive kids.

Ian Emerson

So for those who near to JB, but never come to Zoo Johor, just try to go whenever you feel like going ok. No rush. Haha. You can get some relaxing time because it’s nice there. Quite small compare to Zoo Melaka I’ve been before. But still good for an exploration.


Nearby Attractions

Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque

Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque is located along Jalan Skudai, Johor Bahru. the mosque was completed in 1900. It was built under the direction of Sultan Abu Bakar. The mosque is designed to recreate colonial English Victorian architecture.

Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple

The Arulmigu Sri Rajakaliamman Glass Temple is not only known as a major Hindu temple in Johor Bahru, it is also one of the top tourist attraction in the city. In 2010, the temple was listed as the first and only glass temple in Malaysia on Malaysian Books of Record.

Istana Besar

Istana Besar or Grand Palace is the royal palace of the Sultan of Johor. It is located in Johor Bahru. The palace was built in 1866 by Sultan Abu Bakar. It overlooks the Straits of Johor.

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