Archived: Johor prince carries out spot check on zoo


JOHOR BAHRU: The Johor Zoo that has invited harsh criticism from the public and animal NGOs for its neglect of the animals under its care had a visit from Tunku Temenggong Johor Tunku Idris Iskandar yesterday when he headed there to conduct a spot check on the place.

Taking to Instagram, Tunku Idris, the third child of the Sultan of Johor, said, “Spot check. Lots of improvement needed.”

The prince was there after the zoo came under intense criticism for its obvious neglect of an 18-year old lion, whose claws had become so overgrown it had dug into the frail animal’s paw pads causing him injuries so bad, he was unable to walk without limping or dragging his feet.

However, the prince in response to the complaints said it was time to fix the situation by actually doing something concrete about it.

In a shot posted on Instagram of the prince and a small entourage walking in the zoo’s grounds, he said, “Time to get to work. Let’s stop complaining and let’s actually do something.

“We can condemn this zoo all we want, but that won’t solve anything.”

He also informed those concerned about the senior lion, including his sister Tunku Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim, who ordered the lion be attended to immediately, that he was indeed doing what he could to bring medical aid to the lion.

“And for those who are concerned about the lion, he’s being treated and I’ve contacted Singapore Zoo vets to help,” he said on his Instragram account.

He also said he was doing some “research and planning”, most likely on the possibility of the zoo being re-located to Nusajaya from its current location at Jalan Gertak Merah.

He uploaded a shot of himself and others pouring over plans with the simple caption, “Checking the plans.”