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“So bad! but not So bad!”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Johor Zoo

Johor Zoo
Singapore
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“So bad! but not So bad!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2014

This is a really hard place to review.

It's an old zoo. (Built in 1928). And there have been several attempts to modernise and improve which means that parts are really quite nice and other areas are dire. It doesn't have a website, it's own merchandise or a good cafe. And it's only RM3 (really!) to get in. All of which should tell you something.

I must stress that the animals all seem fed, and healthy if not astoundingly happy.

There are lots of animals in cages. So if you don't want to see things behind bars, don't go.
Then again, there are lots of big aviaries, newer 'island' enclosures and gallery exhibits.

They have lions, tigers and chimps in huge 'pit' enclosures. Some of them were really nice, others were wall to wall concrete. I can see why they built in this style, but you have the impression that you're at the colusseum and someone is about to be fed to the tigers.

There are no elephants anymore. This is a good thing, since they don't have an enclosure big enough to keep them. The chimps are also stressed and behaving unnaturally (but I did see a Chinese family feeding them cheetos which can't help and I'm not sure how the zoo could prevent this given the style of enclosure). The lions and tigers were pretty lazy and having watched one get given a shower, clearly quite tame.

The information is poor to non-existant.

The cafe was no better than a hawker stall on the side of the road. The 'shops' filled with plastic junk and too many opportunities for people to pay to 'feed' the animals.

I would visit again with small children so we can go "ohh! a hippo!" I won't take their parents.

Visited December 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“great value”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

I am giving a high score because the zoo was great value. 2MYR / per adult. it is not a 'model' zoo. the facilities are old. not that many animals. some of the cages seem too small for the animals. this is definitely better than some zoos i have seen in SE Asia / Asia but nothing like a modern zoo can be. however, the animals appeared to be cared for. the animals we saw appeared healthy. i guess your take on this zoo will completely depend on your expectations. having seen some really horrible zoos in other places, i was relieved to see the condition of this zoo. the keepers were friendly and gave us some interesting information about the animals.
we enjoyed our visit. whatever your feelings about zoos, you will not feel ripped-off here at 2MYR / person.

Visited December 2013
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San Francisco, California
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63 reviews
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“A nice start that needs to be expanded to help the animals.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

They have a good selection of animals at this zoo but some are in pretty bad shape. The zoo also needs to expand the areas for the animals to move around in as some spaces are pretty cramped.

I felt bad for the primates as they definitely need more room and so do the lions as they are out in the sun, with little shade, and don't have a lot of room to roam around at this point.

I'm guessing that they will expand it as the area gets more tourism, and more money coming in, but for now it is a little bit depressing because of some of the conditions.

Visited December 2013
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Miri, Malaysia
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“A must to visit in Johor”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2013 via mobile

Nice place to go while you are in Johor..ticket are cheap..the staff always welcome with smile..safe for young children

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Faro, Portugal
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“One of Johor attractions”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013

For the beginning - it is EXTREMLY cheap. So, for the money they take from visitors, it is more than well maintained.
Animals are fanced and caged... It looks sad sometimes...But, they look not badly treated.
I guess it is an opportunity to compare with more sophisticated modern Zoos, and give them there value.
There is a vast bird collection, tigers, lions, chimps, crocs, etc. Mostly animals from Malaysian forest.

Visited February 2013
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