Malacca Zoo is a 54-acre (22 ha) zoological park located besides Lebuh Ayer Keroh
(Federal Route 143) in the town of Ayer Keroh in the state of Malacca, Malaysia. More than 1200 animals of 215 species can be found at the Malacca Zoo. It is the second-largest zoo in Malaysia behind the National Zoo of Malaysia (Zoo Negara). In 2007, along with the "Visit Malaysia" campaign, Malacca Zoo was visited by 619,194 visitors; the highest number ever recorded.
Malacca Zoo was the first zoo in Malaysia to exhibit the critically endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros. It also houses overseas as well as local beauties such as the white rhinoceros, Asian elephants, red panda, Malaysian gaur, the serow, the squirrel monkey, the molurus python, the grey wolf, the Mongolian wild horse, the green tree python, the giraffe, the blue-and-yellow macaw and also the Indochinese tiger as well as the Malayan tiger.
Malacca Zoo is now a famous attraction in Malacca and are listed in many official tourism websites.. Now, it is visited annually by 400,000 visitors; averaging 1093 visitors a day. Although, in 2007, the zoo was visited by 619,194 visitors with an average of 1619 visitors per day; the highest number since it was opened. In that year, the zoo collected as much as RM 3.99 million (US$886,666); collecting a gain of RM 130,000. It also maintains a healthy, cool green background by planting exotic and rare plants while labelling them. This can potentially cool the zoo in very hot days and symbolically mimics the rainforest. It also has a tram facility to help its visitors get from one place to another with the ticket prices as low as RM 2.00. In addition to that, it also has eating facilities at the A&W restaurant and a cafeteria near the watch tower at the Mini Safari located near Marina Zenorai.
Some other attractions at the zoo includes:
A mini safari
A multi-animal show
An elephant show
Elephant & horse rides
A souvenir shop at the exit
The Zoo is located in the town of Ayer Keroh besides the Lebuh Ayer Keroh at the entrance of Melaka; 13 kilometres from Malacca Town. It neighbours with the Ayer Keroh Crocodile Farm, Melaka International Trade Center, Kolej Yayasan Saad, Melaka Manipal Medical College. From the highway, it has a noticeable gate in the Minangkabau design.