Monday, December 9, 2013

National Zoo of Malaysia - IJM Give Day Out

Event date: Saturday, 7th December 2013

Our employer, IJM had a yearly charity works activities laid out to all staff's participation as part of the company's commitment to the community. The programme is called IJM Gives Day Out @ GDO. This year, the headquarters staff were assigned for 3 different volunteering works. I was in Zoo Savanah group for a voluntary services at National Zoo of Malaysia, another group were transplanting trees in Selangor and the Finance group were arranging goods to the affected typhoon Haiyan people in Philippines. The project site will have their own activities. 

At the side entrance, meant for the workers
I came back late from giving a talk to Master of Science In Integrated Construction Project Management at the university where I was graduated, a night before. Though an alarm clock was set at 6.30am,  I was so freaking out when only at 7.05am I got up from the bed. I was supposed to be at the zoo entrance by 7.45am. Alhamduillah, by 7.25 I managed to starts the car engine and headed to the destination. Unfortunately I missed a turn to Ampang/Hulu Kelang Road as I was too anxious looking at the clock ticking. Deciding to gamble and follow the unfamiliar route, I lost about 8 minutes to get back on the right road direction. 

Thank God it was a Sunday morning with no traffics. Even I myself cannot figured out how I managed to arrive at 7.49am, maybe the One up there is watching me and helps to slow the clock. Large group of us gathered at the Zoo Entrance right to receive briefing at almost 8am and reported to the Zoological staff for assignment shortly after. Iskmahani, Ikmalar (both posing at the Customer Relation Office in below photo) and I were assigned to the Customer Relation section.

Our duty are to receive tourist and assisted them to place a tag after an entrance fee has been paid. It was not a bad assignment but we weren't expected a simple work. We thought that we would be able to feed the animals, clean their cage and play with them. Therefore, when Hafiz and Abang Jack arrived late, we thought we could switches our duties with them. However, all 5 of us ended up serving customers. 2 memorable pictures below how busy and how glamorous our job's are. Hehe...  

It was monsoon season, hence, the weather was not that good to visit the zoo. While waiting for the drizzling to stop, a groups of children's from kindergarten pose for picture with Hafiz included.

The National Zoo occupied on 110 acres of prominent land in Ulu Kelang, near Taman Melawati in the north east of Kuala Lumpur. It was officially opened on 14 November 1963 by the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, YTM Tunku Abdul Rahman. It was originated from a miniature zoo opened in 1957 by the Malayan Agri Holticultural Association (MAHA). With a support of Federal Government, the zoo was located at it's present location.


The zoological park is managed by the non-government organization known as the Malaysian Zoological Society, hence, it relies on gate collections and support from donors and sponsors for it's funding. Zoo Negara is home to over 5000 animals of close to 460 different species. Over the years, the zoo has transformed itself to an open concept zoo. Majority of its animals kept in spacious exhibits with landscape befitting its nature.

At 9.40am, we were relief for 20 minutes from our duty for breakfast at the nearby canteen. But the foods were taken to another restaurant, where we supposed to have our lunch. We saw our colleagues on our way there. They seems to really have fun in the cage. How envious!

After breakfast, we wandered around thinking that it will be no harm saying hello to the animals on our way back to customer service desk. However, the opposite direction took us longer than expected. The adorable animals attracted our attention and commitment from work, hence we took break for close to an hour. The zoo keeper assigned as our supervisor refused to accept our nondisciplinary manners, hence, we were told to report to the office. It seems everybody there heard the complaints, how embarrassing!!!

3 photos evidencing that, true, we wandered around 
Blame the white tiger, please.. they are all so adorable
Some of the animals photo snapped during "wandering period" are shared here. We truly apologize to the zoo keeper. It's hard to resist admiring the beautiful creation by the Almighty.

More than 700 Milky Stokes settled down in Zoo Negara
2nd largest turtle in the world, from Africa

3 of us were then sent to the tree planting at Savannah zone area. We joined the rest of the Tree Planting group, who seems working so hard under the drizzle of rains to form a beautiful landscape. How bless we are to finally contribute some hard works. We had lunch with a large groups of IJMer's at end of the of the session, slightly before 1 noon.

I truly have fun with best buddy, Iskmahani & Ikmalar. Hope we 3 shall participate again for next year's GDO :)

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