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Penang had a zoo?

π‘«π’Šπ’… π’šπ’π’– π’Œπ’π’π’˜ 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 π‘¨π’šπ’†π’“ π‘°π’•π’‚π’Ž 𝒐𝒏𝒄𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒔𝒆𝒅 𝒂 𝒛𝒐𝒐, π’Šπ’ π’˜π’‰π’Šπ’„π’‰ 𝑱𝒂𝒍𝒂𝒏 𝒁𝒐𝒐 π’Šπ’ π‘¨π’šπ’†π’“ π‘°π’•π’‚π’Ž π’Šπ’” π’π’‚π’Žπ’†π’… 𝒂𝒇𝒕𝒆𝒓?


π‘‡β„Žπ‘’ π‘›π‘œπ‘€-𝑑𝑒𝑓𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑑 π‘ƒπ‘’π‘›π‘Žπ‘›π‘” π‘π‘œπ‘œπ‘™π‘œπ‘”π‘–π‘π‘Žπ‘™ πΊπ‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘‘π‘’π‘›π‘  π‘π‘œπ‘’π‘™π‘‘ 𝑀𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑏𝑒 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘’π‘Žπ‘Ÿπ‘™π‘–π‘’π‘ π‘‘ π‘§π‘œπ‘œ 𝑖𝑛 π‘‘β„Žπ‘’ π‘π‘œπ‘’π‘›π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘¦!


Built by a flamboyant monk named Fa Kong ("Empty Dharma" in Chinese) in the 1920s, the Penang Zoological Gardens had a collection of more than 10 types of animals. The animals included tigers and lions, which were kept in separate artificial caves. The rest of the zoo was landscaped with Chinese-styled decorative bridges spanning fish and lily ponds. [1]



In 1929, Pinang Gazette criticized the management of the zoo for the mistreatment of the animals under the management's care, particularly the orangutans. Twenty orangutans were reported to be confined in small spaces to the extent that they cannot stretch their arms out from their shoulders; neither can they lift their arms over their heads. In one small box, three of the apes were huddled up together. [2]

In 1932, the head priest of the Burmah road temple were charged with assisting in the carrying on of a public lottery by the collection of tickets for the admission to the zoological gardens. [3]

In the same year, it was reported that a German Zoologist Mr Gerwein even brought over his collection of tigers, hedgehogs, peacocks, monkeys, leopards, birds, and more to the zoo. It is understood that Mr Gerwein staged a show to the public at the zoo. [4]


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[1] http://wongchunwai.com/.../08/roaring-times-in-old-air-itam/ [2] https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/.../singfreepressb19290121... [3] https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/.../straitstimes19320401-1... [4] https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/.../maltribune19321216-1.2...

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