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MELAKA: After a three month wait, "Elsa" the white Bengal tiger finally arrived at the Melaka Zoo in Ayer Keroh, here, last night.

Visitors can start seeing "Elsa" who is one year and nine-months-old from Sept 14, during the Malaysia Day week celebration.

Hang Tuah Jaya Municipal Council (MPHTJ) president Mohd Rafee Ibrahim said the presence of "Elsa" from India is expected to help boost the zoo's visitor count apart from several refurbishment the zoo has undergone recently.

For now, Mohd Rafee said "Elsa" would be quarantined before she is allowed to enter the exhibit area in order for the 100 kilogramme animal to acclimatise to her new surrounding.

"Elsa is one of our efforts to return the Melaka Zoo to its glory days.

"It is hoped that we will see an increase in the number of visitors, at least by 10 per cent," he said at a press conference, here, last night.

The white Bengal tiger was obtained via a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Melaka Zoo and the Sunway Wildlife Park.

Commenting further, Mohd Rafee said apart from "Elsa", the Melaka Zoo is expected to house several new species including lions, elephants and tapir.

"In the near future, specifically in September, we will sign an MoU with the Surabaya Zoo to obtain a white male tiger for the purpose of reproduction.

"This animal exchange is done to ensure the conservation of species as the Melaka Zoo is also a conservation, reproduction and research centre," he said.

After a three month wait, "Elsa" the white Bengal tiger finally arrived at the Melaka Zoo in Ayer Keroh, here, last night. - NSTP/RASUL AZLI SAMAD.
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