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The Zookeepers of the Taiping Zoo and Night Safari consider their Workplace Second Homes 

30 March, 2008
Behind the scenes

WHILE the stench of animal dung repel us, the zookeepers of the Taiping Zoo and Night Safari consider their workplace second homes.

It is the affection for the animals living in the zoo that keeps them going day in, day out.
Not only did the BRATs visit the Taiping Zoo & Night Safari, they even got to visit areas of the zoo closed to the public.

“Look! The monkeys are mating!” exclaims Gopal Krishnan Mohani, who takes cares of monkeys at the zoo. We couldn’t tell the difference but Gopal is able to tell the moods of the animals just looking at their faces and behavious. He has, after all, worked at the zoo for 18 years and is still passionate about his job.

In fact, just looking at the way he feeds and cares for the animals, you can tell how much he loves them. This is despite the amount of work that goes into his job. Gopal’s daily routine begins at 8am when he starts cleaning the cages and feeding the animals. At this point, if he thinks that an animal is sick (by monitoring the animal’s food intake and colour of its faeces, as examples), he will contact the zoo’s vet for professional opinion.

Ramli Mustapha also appears to be as dedicated as Gopal. He is the bird keeper with the zoo, and has been working there for six years. Previously, he worked with the late Ali Khan, known as Raja Ular Malaysia.

The 29-year-old spends the day raking leaves, disposing bird waste, changing water and feeding the birds, which can be very time consuming. His love for birds, as a child, encouraged him to take on the job and treat them like family.

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