As announced by the government to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the movement control order (MCO) took effect on March 18 2020 and has impacted businesses and individuals from all walks of life.
However it has also affected Zoo Negara, it was reported recently by The Star that the zoo is facing financial trouble due to lack of donation and ticket sales, hence the zoo is forced to utilise its emergency fund to cover operating costs.
Don’t worry about the animals though as Zoo Negara deputy president Rosly@Rahmat Ahmat Lana said, all animals in the zoo are 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, corporate sponsorships and public donations for income,” he said.
Rosly added that so far, no organisation had come forward to contribute to the Zoo Negara’s fund which forced it to use its emergency fund to continue to operate during the MCO period.
The emergency fund is a provision specifically created by the management of the Malaysian Zoological Society (MSZ) for such unforeseen circumstances. However, the fund is only sufficient to sustain the zoo’s operation for three months.
For those who want to help donate to ensure the animals don’t go hungry, they can do so by participating in the ‘Adopt An Animal’ campaign.
Those who wish to donate can visit https://www.zoonegaramalaysia.my/adopt.html for further information.