Natural Resources and Environment Ministry's Parliamentary Secretary Datuk Sazmi Miah said a 40ha site in Bukit Bakar had been identified for the RM25mil zoo.
“The project is expected to start in the middle or end of the year,” he told reporters after a meet the people session in Kampung Pangkal Petai on Saturday .
Sazmi said the proposed Machang Zoo would be three times bigger than the National Zoo in Hulu Klang, Kuala Lumpur.
He said there were also plans to house endangered species and some 300 fish species there.
He said it would have recreational facilities to attract tourists.
When completed, it was expected to attract 400,000 visitors and generate various benefits for local residents such as job and business opportunities, he added. – Bernama
The Star on Monday February 27, 2007