A Safe Haven for the Wild: Johor Zoo

Johor Zoo

The history of the Johor Zoo dates back to 1928, hence considered one of the oldest zoos in Malaysia as well as entire Asia. It only became open to the public in 1962. Though small, it is home to more than 100 species of animals and birds, and one of the most underrated tourist attractions in Johor Bahru. Take some time out with your family and make the most out of your day by enjoying the magical natural haven on earth.

Zoo Johor


The Johor Zoo is located in the State of Johor in JalanGertakMerah, Taman Istana in the heart of Johor Bahru.

Best time to visit:

Due to the tropical rainforest climate of Johor Bahru, it is suggested to avoid the months of November through February. The weather is comparatively dry during the months of April to October.

How to reach:

If time is your prime concern, opt for the flight from KL Airport to Senai Airport which takes around an hour of flying time. From there, you can take a taxi or bus to the Zoo. If budget is your prime concern, choose railways for the journey and enjoy the beautiful views of Malaysia. Apart from the above options, you can also travel via road by either opting for bus or taxi or even rent a car.

What to expect:

Johor Zoo

The Johor Zoo is a really small and underrated zoo which might go unnoticed by a lot of tourists. However, those who visit are able to witness a lot of wildlife including elephants, lions, crocodiles, Indo-Chinese tigers, swans, deer, camels, bears, flamingos, and a lot more, including hippopotamus.

Johor Zoo

You might as well enjoy paddling the boat at the mini lake or go for horse riding. There are several other activities to do around in the zoo including picnicking and photography. Take your time enjoying the beauty around.

Johor Zoo


If you wish you can go camping in Endau Rompin National Park, the second largest National Park in Peninsular Malaysia and further explore the tropical park. If camping is not your thing, you can opt for staying in hotels in the metropolis.

While Johor is a center for several tourist attractions, it offers options for accommodation ranging from the top-class luxurious hotels to simple budget lodgings or even the mid-range ones.

Where and what to eat:

The zoo itself houses several food stalls selling fresh and hygiene food. Apart from that, Johor Bahru is home to a number of restaurants serving the best cuisines from all around the world. Here are a few of the places which are located nearthe zoo:

  • Makan Kitchen, DoubleTree by Hilon Hotel Johor Bahru
  • Tosca, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru
  • Axis Lounge, DoubleTree by Hilton Johor Bahru
  • Amma Restaurant
  • One63 European Restaurant and Bar
  • The Food Store
  • Chakra Restaurant

Interesting fact:

The Johor Zoo was first opened as Animal Garden in 1928, by Sultan Ibrahim IbniAlmarhum Sultan Abu Bakar, one of the richest men in the world during his reign.

Things to keep in mind:

  • When you are traveling around Malaysia you must buy a local SIM, provided by several telecom companies, based on your requirements. Almost all the local Malaysian companies provide their services in Johor Bahru.
  • There are several ATMs and money changers in the city but for your convenience carry enough change for the zoo entry charges and other necessities.
  • The entry fee for the zoo is quite low, around RM 3 for adults.
  • If you don’t like crowds, try avoiding public holidays as the zoo might be extremely packed.