LANGKAWI, June 15 — Underwater World Langkawi (UWL) is currently working on a new attraction here — an artificial mini coastal ecosystem, which will be opened to the public soon.
Its general manager, Abdul Razak Abdul Aziz said the project which commenced early this year was originally slated to be completed last month but had to be deferred due to hindrances in getting live coastal flora and fauna.
“We wanted this ecosystem to be as natural as possible and in spite of this delay, I am confident that this new attraction will be available to the public after this Hari Raya holidays,” he told reporters after a breaking of fast gathering hosted by UWL Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, he said UWL also planned to acquire three more seal species in addition to the present two that it had at its aquaria at Jalan Pantai Cenang here.
According to him, the success of UWL’s penguin breeding programme which started in 2006 had enabled it to supply species of South African and Rockhopper to several other zoos around Asia.
“Among the latest requests we received were from zoos in China and Dubai and United Arab Emirates. Some of them had also shown interest in wanting to engage our specialised staff as consultants,” he said.
Abdul Razak said despite the global economic slowdown over the last two years which had affected tourism growth, UWL’s activities had not waned.
“We still managed to sustain around 600,000 visitors a year (during the last two-year period),” he added. — Bernama