The best ethical zoos and aquariums in Malaysia

If you’re a parent, your weekend plans probably include a trip to the zoo. A visit to the animal park could be an educational trip to learn about a certain species and to help cultivate their love for animals. While Malaysia has plenty of zoos and aquariums, it’s important to visit one that’s responsible and ethical. This way, we can ensure that the animals are properly fed and cared for.

One of the ways to make sure the zoo you’re visiting is ethical is to check whether it allows interactions with animals or not. This info is usually easily accessible on their website. Alarm bells should go off in your head if a zoo allows interactions such as elephant riding, animals performing tricks and photo opportunities while cuddling an animal. Going to the zoo should be about watching animals in their most natural setting and respecting this from a distance. Anything else, should not be supported.

So, wondering where you can bring your kids to this weekend for a fun learning experience about animals and the environment? Read on further!


Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm, Penang

Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm is a center for nature learning, as it brings the best of the worlds of invertebrates and plants together. The park is divided into two main areas — the Natureland and the Cocoon. The Natureland, which is a living garden vivarium, is a shared ecological space for a variety of animals from invertebrates and reptiles living in their natural habitat. It’s also one of the largest butterfly gardens in Malaysia, with approximately 15,000 free-flying butterflies consisting of up to 60 species! The living garden features more than 200 species of plants with waterfalls, ponds, caves and other artistic garden features. Be sure to stroll along the mezzanine-terrace from David’s Garden and get a majestic view of the Home Tree.

Meanwhile, the Cocoon is an indoor discovery center featuring two floors of learning exhibition and indoor activities. The indoor discovery center is designed to let visitors self-explore the world of invertebrates through various interactive edu-stations. Some of its exciting attractions include the Pandora Forest, Metamorphosis, Lumino City, Downtown Entopia, Breeding Ground, Underground Mysteries and Understory Tales.

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Entopia by Penang Butterfly Farm

No.830, Jalan Teluk Bahang, Pulau Pinang

Contact number: 04-888 8111

Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm


Farm in the City, Selangor

If you want to get up close and personal with the animals, visit Farm in the City in Seri Kembangan. It’s a unique concept that combines wildlife and nature, which is set in a conservation park environment with “kampung” vibes. It’s more than just a viewing exhibit as you can interact with the animals in a respectful way. There are schedules for feeding so the animals won’t be overfed and pettings are only reserved for domesticated animals such as goats, rabbits and guinea pigs. The pettings are guided by the staff. Farm in the City also places great importance on the education of visitors on the various aspects of animal life as well as wildlife conservation and preservation.

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Farm in the City

Lot 40187-40188, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat,

Bandar Putra Permai, Seri Kembangan

Contact number: +603 8941 2099

Opening hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm (Tue – Fri), 09:30am – 6:00pm (Sat – Sun)

Closed on every Tuesday, excluding Public holiday & school holiday


Underwater World Langkawi, Langkawi

When in Langkawi, it’s a must to visit Underwater World Langkawi where you can see hundreds of marine life in a fascinating saltwater tank and learn about the conservation of aquatic lives. Walk through the aquariums and discover the wonders of the sea in 11 different sections which include the Sub-Antarctic section, where the Rockhopper penguins, also known as the aquarium’s star attraction, can be found.

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Underwater World Langkawi

Jalan Pantai Chenang, Langkawi

Contact number: 04-955 6100

Opening hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm


Melaka Zoo, Melaka

As one of the oldest zoos in Malaysia, Melaka Zoo is the perfect spot to learn more about wild animals. The surroundings are green with mature tropical vegetation, so you’ll feel like you’re strolling in a rainforest rather than a zoo. This also means that the animals feel like they’re in their natural habitat. Most of the animals are native to the region, and hence, accustomed to the tropical heat of Malaysia. It’s good to know that the animals are healthy-looking, and thanks to the open concept zoo, have plenty of space to move around. 

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Melaka Zoo

Lebuh Ayer Keroh, Ayer Keroh, Melaka

Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm (Mon – Thurs), 9.00am – 6.00pm, 8.00pm – 11.00pm (Fri – Sat)


Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur

Take your little ones on an introduction to underwater life at Aquaria KLCC. Here, you can explore marine life by strolling through a 90-meter aquarium tunnel while hundreds of fishes such as stingrays, sharks and other creatures swim right over your head! Make your way through 5,000 exhibits and learn about marine creatures and their habitats, from Malaysia and beyond. We’re sure you’ll be leaving Aquaria KLCC with a whole new appreciation for underwater life!

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Aquaria KLCC

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre,

Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre

Contact number: +603 2333 1888

Opening hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)


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