Our Thoughts on Melaka Zoo

~ Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:45 AM ~

We recently went down to Melaka to attend a marriage seminar. As the seminar was held from Monday to Tuesday, my husband and I decided to travel down to Melaka on Saturday so that we can spend the weekend relaxing with our 3 kiddos - yes, we have to lug them along to the seminar as well since we cannot afford to leave them back home with no one to help us take care of them (day time yes, but I think our family members will tear their hair out at the idea of having our kiddos spending 3 nights with them)

So anyway, on Sunday itself we decided to check out the Melaka zoo. We had initially planned to go for the night safari but last minute decided to just go visit the zoo during daytime so we could have enough time to rest before the seminar starts at 9am on Monday.

Before I begin, I just want to note down that I did googled through some websites checking out other people's reviews on the zoo and I shared what I read with my husband - that most of the reviews are not very positive. My husband said it is based on each individual's perception. So anyway, we went to the Melaka Zoo with open mind, open heart... and this post is to document down our thoughts and feedback on our visit to the zoo...

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We reached the zoo before 12pm. Parking was horrible. Not enough parking lots available and we drove past a barricade which was supposed to be a barrier between the zoo compound and a big field next to it (sorry, was not paying attention to the name of the area where we parked - but it looks like a big field, pretty much like our Dataran Merdeka) and with no choice, parked at the road side, slapped on a few hours worth of parking tickets on top of our car's dashboard and head up to the zoo.

The queue to buy the tickets was bearable and I personally feel at this point without entering the zoo yet, that the ticket fees charges are pretty reasonable. I was hoping to get hold of a map guide to the zoo or a brochure or something but nope, nothing for us at all.

Melaka Zoo

Once we got into the zoo, we initially wanted to try the tram but we realised that the queue to buy the tram ticket is super long. At this point where I started getting annoyed, I thought why couldn't we just queue up for our turns to sit the tram and pay the driver before we get on to the tram? Why the need to queue at a counter with long zig zag barriers which slow down and create major queues and wasting time? We can see a couple of trams lining up waiting for passengers to get onto the tram but the zoo visitors are all stuck at the tram counter lanes trying to purchase the tickets. Silly right?

Anyway, we ditched the tram idea and decided to walk. With 2 kiddos and a month old newborn in a stroller. Yeah, we are pretty adventurous huh?

So we walked... hubby got our 2 years old Alyson sitting on the Hippychick Hipseat while our 4.5 years old Benjamin trailing next to him or me while I pushed our 1 month old baby Carolyn in her stroller. And that's when I got more and more annoyed.

You see, as much as I am glad that there is tarred roads for the tram to go on, the walkways for the visitors are NOT, I repeat, NOT stroller friendly. Of course I can push the stroller on the tar roads but whenever a tram is approaching, I have to quickly pulled to a side or carried the stroller back to the visitors walkway as the tar roads are just wide enough to fit a tram. Silly right? To add on to my annoyance, it rained earlier in the day so the visitors walkway are muddy and dirty. And some of the bricks on the walkway cracked up and fell out so pushing a stroller on this cracked walkway is annoying as hell and required a high amount of kungfu to carry the stroller up and ballet skills to somehow maneuver the stroller away from the uneven path.

Melaka Zoo

Since we paid already and we are like 5 minutes into our visit, we decided to soldier on and put on a smiley face for our kiddos. I mean, to us this whole thing might be annoying like heck but to our kiddos, it may mean the world to them to be on such adventure right? Right....

So we walked and strolled on, despite quite a number of enclosures being closed for maintenance, we were lucky to see rhinocerous, tapir, the one and only Malayan gaur, crocodiles and tons of deer varieties. Stripped ones, dotted ones, etc etc. So much so that I was beginning to wonder whether this is a zoo or a deer park?! My only highlight of all the animals was seeing the tapir quite up-close.

A good thing that I noticed in the zoo is there seems to be quite a number of food and drink stalls/shops around the zoo. However I do wish there are more benches or chairs provided all around the zoo so that we can sit and rest during the visit.

As I mentioned earlier that the walkways are NOT stroller friendly, I also get irked when some of the enclosures required us to go down a flight of stairs in order to view the animals - such as the black panther. I can only wait up with baby in the stroller and zoomed in with my digital camera while hubby brought our 2 kiddos down the flight of stairs to take a closer look. Same case for some of the crocodiles, tigers and leopard exhibits which I cannot go closer to look unless I abandoned our stroller and bring baby up to the exhibit to see the animals. Sigh....

To sum up our review on Melaka Zoo:


  • Reasonable entrance fees

  • Bearable queue line despite us visiting on a Sunday

  • We get to see tapir quite up-close

  • Lots of varieties of deers

  • Quite a number of food and drink stalls


  • Limited parking lots

  • No brochures / map guide

  • Tram tickets can only be purchased at the tram counter inside the zoo

  • Not enough benches for people to sit and rest

  • Walkways NOT stroller friendly

  • Some enclosures are closed

  • Lots of varieties of deers (are we in a deer park??)

I totally don't have the intention to share this bad review of the Melaka zoo, but seriously, am just disappointed with our visit. I hope the zoo management do something about the feedbacks shared.

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