People Question Where Zoo Negara Donations Went After "Skinny" Lion Image Goes Viral

Zoo Negara's deputy president explained that the lion's diet was changed during MCO.

Cover image via Lowyat.NET & Twitter @f4izalhassan

A picture of a "skinny" lion at Zoo Negara recently surfaced causing quite a stir on Twitter

On Thursday, 11 June, Twitter user @f4izalhassan shared an image taken by @zlkha_z along with a caption, "Pray for our skinny lion. This big cat was once the king of his land".

The photo of the lion looking seemingly malnourished circulated online, causing many to question where the previous donations to Zoo Negara went

During the Movement Control Order (MCO) in March, Zoo Negara started initiatives urging the public to donate funds to maintain operational costs and the animals' well-being.

Being a non-governmental organisation (NGO) operated by the Malaysian Zoological Society, Zoo Negara relies on donations and ticket sales to cover its operating costs.

As a result, large crowds of visitors immediately flocked to the national zoo to support it during its financial struggles.

Image via Twitter
Image via Twitter
Image via Twitter

Several people requested for Zoo Negara to be transparent about the donations that were made

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One Twitter user found that there was no trace of Zoo Negara's annual reports on its website.

Image via Twitter
Image via Twitter
Image via Twitter

Meanwhile, another person shared how this has been an ongoing issue since 2003.

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Since then, a petition has been created requesting for Zoo Negara to be investigated by SPRM for multiple reasons, including the lack of transparency in its annual reports.

At the time of writing, it has received over 9,700 signatures.

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Following the viral photo, Zoo Negara's deputy president Rosly @ Rahmat Ahmat Lana explained that the lion appears skinny because they switched its diet during MCO

Based on an interview by Nadia Zaman, a journalist from Bernama, Rosly shared that they were lacking meat and had switched the lion's diet to chicken, but the animal is not interested in it.

According to a tweet by Nadia, Rosly explained that the 15-year-old lion, whose name is Manja Kani, may look thin but is still healthy. 

A quick check on Google reveals that Asiatic lions tend to look slightly smaller than African lions.

Those in captivity with an average body mass of 100kg consume 6% of their total body mass.

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In May, Malaysians visited Zoo Negara after its dire need for financial support was highlighted:

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