In an effort to ease the peopleâ€™s burden and promote interest in conservation, entry ticket packages for students and teachers to Zoo Negara and the Giant Panda Conservation Centre for school will be slashed from Wednesday.
Natural Resource and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G.Palanivel said the ticket package rate for primary and secondary school students had been reduced by 44% from the original price of RM18 to only RM10.
Teachers accompanying student groups will also get to enjoy a 50% discount, reducing the original price of RM30 to RM15.
â€œThe new package offer comes into effect tomorrow (Feb 25) and Zoo Negara will also consider other package discounts which could help lighten the burden of the people,â€ he said.
Palanivel was speaking to reporters after launching a special collection of commemorative stamps and first day covers in cooperation with the Giant Panda International Conservation in Zoo Negara, here Tuesday.
Earlier, Palanivel who is also Cameron Highlands MP, officiated the special stamps which feature pictures of Xing Xing and Liang Liang, a pair of pandas on loan from China.
Stamp collectors can obtain the panda stamp collection at all post offices nationwide from Wednesday.
Palanivel said he also hoped China would extend the loan period of the panda pair by another 10 or 20 years and hopes the pair will bear cubs.
Elaborating further, Palanivel said the presence of a pair of giant pandas at Zoo Negara had helped raise the number of visitors to the national zoo to 708,911 in 2014 while 235,732 people visited the Giant Panda Conservation Centre from June to December 2014.
The pair of giant pandas, which symbolised the 40-year diplomatic relations between Malaysia and China, arrived in the country on May 21, 2014 and will be here for a decade under the Giant Panda International Conservation Cooperation Agreement Programme.
Under the programme signed in 2012, Malaysia will get the opportunity to carry out giant panda conservation research apart from developing and training local experts. â€“ Bernama