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Project Sites & Partners



Melaka Zoo & Night Safari, Ayer Keroh, Peninsular Malaysia

The Melaka Zoo & Night Safari is Malaysia’s second largest zoo.  It is based approximately 130km from Kuala Lumpur.  Set up in 1963, Melaka Zoo is a privately run zoo set in the town of Ayer Keroh, Melaka.  The zoo is just 15km from the historical centre of Melaka.

Situated on 54 acres of lush greenery, Melaka Zoo has approximately 1,000 individual animals making up more than 100 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.  The zoo’s long-term objective is to develop into an open-concept zoo and is in the midst of making changes to their systems and protocols.
See our volunteering programmes at Melaka Zoo & Night Safari

Sight-Seeing Options

Extend your stay and see all the other attractions that Kuala Lumpur offers including a visit to the famous Petronas Twin Towers, Batu Caves, the Lake Gardens, the Islamic Art Museum, fantastic shopping and a unique multi-racial cultural experience.   Kuala Lumpur is also the gateway to all other towns and cities of Malaysia and within the region.

Nearer to the zoo, Melaka offers a variety of places to visit including Melaka Butterfly & Reptile Sanctuary, Mini Malaysia & Mini ASEAN Park, Ayer Keroh Lake, Ayer Keroh Botanical Park, Orang Asli (Aborigines) Museum, World’s Bee Museum, Melaka Wonderland Theme Park & Resort, Museums and Melaka Heritage Trail. In history, Melaka was well known as the Malay trading centre in the East.


The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, Sabah, Borneo Malaysia

The Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre, better known as BSBCC, is based approximately 19km from Sandakan town. It is located next to Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre and is also linked to existing forest trails and boardwalks.
Currently, the centre has 9 dedicated staff and has had over 900 local and foreign volunteers. Their goal is to promote sun bear conservation in Sabah through holistic approaches that involve animal welfare, rehabilitation, education and research.

The centre currently has 2 bear houses that are housing 28 bears as well as 1.14 hectares of natural forest enclosure where the bears can roam free during the day (and night). There is also an observation platform for visitors to spend time learning about the bears through personal observation and sharing of information by the staff of BSBCC.

See our volunteering programmes at BSBCC .

Sight-Seeing Options

Visit Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, Turtle Island, explore Sandakan, climb Mount Kinabalu - the highest peak of Southeast Asia or make a trip to Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, for a tourist experience. Or visit numerous other natural and cultural wonders in Sabah.


Lower Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo Malaysia

The Kinabatangan River (Sungai Kinabatangan) is located in Sabah, eastern Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It is the second longest river in Malaysia, with a length of 560 kilometres from its headwaters in the mountains of southwest Sabah, to its outlet at the Sulu Sea, east of Sandakan.

Each year, the lashing rains of the northeast monsoon cause the river to swell rapidly. Unable to disgorge into the sea quickly enough, the river frequently overflows its banks and spreads across the flat land of its lower reaches, creating a huge floodplain.

Kinabatangan is known for its remarkable wildlife and fascinating habitats such as limestone caves, dipterocarp forests, riverine forest, freshwater swamp forest, oxbow lakes and salty mangrove swamps near the coast.

The ecology of the upper reaches of the river has been severely disrupted by excessive logging and clearing of land for plantations. However, the original lowland forests and mangrove swamps near the coast have largely survived and provide sanctuary for a relatively decent population of crocodiles, and contain some of Borneo and Southeast Asia's highest concentrations of wildlife. Of special note are Borneo's indigenous proboscis monkeys and orang-utans, pygmy elephants and Sumatran rhinoceros. The area is also known for its great variety of birdlife, including the storm’s stork and 8 varieties off hornbills.

The entry point to the Lower Kinabatangan is the quaint town of Sandakan, approximately 30 minutes by flight and 6 hours overland from Kota Kinabalu, state capital of Sabah.

See our volunteering or education programmes at Lower Kinabatangan .

Sight-Seeing Options

Visit Turtle Island, explore Sandakan, climb Mount Kinabalu - the highest peak of Southeast Asia or make a trip to Kota Kinabalu, the state capital of Sabah, for a tourist experience. Or visit numerous other natural and cultural wonders in Sabah.


Our Partners

At each project site, APE Malaysia has developed positive relationships with local organisations, among them: government agencies, NGOs, the community and charity organisations.  Each programme has unique features supported by respective partners through the knowledge and expertise of the local community and the employees of partner organisations.

We have developed working relationships that allow APE to introduce positive changes while maintaining the integrity of the local community, upholding local government policies and adhering to global standards in animal and environment protection.