KUALA LUMPUR: The giant panda enclosure at Kuala Lumpur's Zoo Negara provided visitors a cooling respite from the hot and humid weather. On Tuesday morning (Jun 11), the zoo's biggest attraction, a one-year-old giant panda cub, was enjoying the air-conditioned comfort as it lay sprawled on a wooden platform. The fluffy female cub, the second offspring of a pair of giant pandas Liang Liang and Xing Xing on loan from China, seemed oblivious that a tourist on the visitor platform, Mr Khaled Jafar from the United Arab Emirates, was trying to snap a close-up picture on his camera phone. "It's so adorable and well worth the zoo entrance fee to be so close to a baby panda," Mr Khaled told CNA. "I also appreciate that I don't have to jostle with crowds and can take my own time to appreciate them." The panda family outnumbered the total number of visitors at the enclosure, a reflection of the declining visitor problem at Zoo Negara. To address the issue, the zoo’s management is banking on new exhibits, including more baby pandas and tiger cubs bred in captivity to attract visitors. When the giant panda exhibit first opened in 2014, the zoo's annual visitor numbers surged to… Read full this story
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