Sabah Zoo to be world class

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KOTA KINABALU: A new master plan is on the cards to turn Sabah’s fledging Lok Kawi Wildlife Park into a world class zoo.

The 113.3ha zoological and botanical park about 35km from the city, which opened five years ago, is in need of a revamp to boost revenue and draw in at least 500,000 visitors annually.

Sabah Wildlife Department senior veterinarian Dr Sen Nathan said RM500,000 had been allocated to work out a master plan for the zoo, which is costing about RM8mil a year to maintain against returns averaging RM2mil annually.

He said the master plan would address the streamlining of the park’s management and staffing while looking at animal procurement and also do away with old designs that were not in accordance with world standards.

Under the plan, the zoo is also looking at procuring other animals like giraffes, zebras and lions, he said.

Source: The Star