About Us


The Museum of Zoology has a large collection of Malaysian fauna consisting of insects (20,000 specimens and 1,000s of species), fishes (2,000 specimens) frogs (672 specimens and 176 species), reptiles (445 specimens and 186 species) , birds (603 specimens and 261 species) and mammals ( 896 specimens and 144 species). These specimens were collected over the last 60 years. All these specimens have been catalogued and arranged over the last 5 years for easy reference by scientists and students.

The Museum of Zoology when fully operational can serve the following functions:

a.    Serve as a national reference biodiversity centre for Malaysian fauna,

b.    Stimulate foreign and local scientists to collaborate on joint research,

c.    Play an educational role in introducing students to the value of nature and biodiversity conservation.

The Museum of Zoology building was completed in 1999 to keep the large collection of local animals from the original Department of Zoology (now part of the Institute of Biological Sciences). The large collection of animals represents collections made over the past 60 years including those donated by Raffles Museum (S’pore) and National Museum (KL). A grant of RM150,000 was allocated by T & C (Penyelidikan & Inovasi) University of  Malaya in July 2008 to make the museum operational by enumerating, cataloguing and upgrading the preservation of animals, and exhibiting interesting aspects of Malaysian Faunal Diversity. An additional grant of RM20,000 was donated by FRIM (July 2008) as part of  the Ministry of Natural Resources program to support subsidiary museums with good collections of Malaysian fauna.

The main function of the museum is to disseminate information on indigenous Malaysian fauna, its richness, diversity and conservation status. The complexitiy of the educational role of the museum encompasses the use of the museum in the education of students, their  interpretation of displays. This will result in an awakening of knowledge that is useful in the development of social responsibilities in environmental, nature, biodiversity and conservation issues.

This collection is available for biology students to study and research especially as collection of wildlife is strictly prohibited under the present Wildlife Act. The museum serves as an integral part of the teaching program in the Institute of Biological Sciences, and may be considered an important national repository of Malaysian fauna.  The Museum of Zoology represents the only zoological museum in Peninsular Malaysia with an extensive collection of local fauna that has been reasonably  well documented.

Staff Directory
 Vacant  Curator  03-7967-7107
 Dr. John-James Wilson  Assistant Curator  03-7967-4112
 Dr. Azidah Abdul Aziz  Lecturer in charge  03-7967-4369
 Mr. Lim Tze Tshen  Research Associate      - 
 Ms. Amni Bazilah Sulaiman  Assistant Science Officer  03-7967-5175
 Mr. Ngadiran Dowree
 General Office Assistant  03-7967-7106
 Mr. Sing Kong Wah  Research Assistant (Mammals)  2013
 Ms. Khairunnisa Syaripuddin  Research Assistant (Mammals)  2013
 Mr. Izereen Mukri  Research Assistant (Mammals)  2014
 Mr. Thary Gazi  Research Assistant (Ento)  2015
 Mr. Mohammad Mazwan  General Worker  2014
 Dr. Sasekumar  Museum Curator  2015
Taxonomic Expertise
 Prof. Dr. Chong Ving Ching  Aquatic
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rosli Ramli  Birds and Mammals
 Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohd Sofian Azirun  Insects
Prof. Dr. Norma Che Yusoff  Dragonflies and Spiders
 Prof. Dr. Rosli Hashim  Birds, Mammals, Reptiles and Insects
Prof. Dr. Hiroyuki Takaoka
 Prof. Dr. Shigehiko Uni  Parasites
 Dr. A. Sasekumar  Mangrove Molluscs and Crustaceans
 Assoc. Prof. Dr. Rosman Abdullah  Aquatic
 Dr. Azidah Abdul Aziz  Insects
 Dr. John-James Wilson  Butterflies and Moths

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Contact Address

Museum of Zoology (Block F), Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA. 

GPS coordinates: 3.12364, 101.65468 
Tel : +603-7967 4112     |     Fax : +603-7967 4187

Email :

Visitor Information
Opening hours for the Exhibition Hall
Mondays to Fridays 10:00 am to 4:00  pm (GMT+8)
(Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)
Admission to the museum is currently free

Access to the Exhibition Hall and Seminar Room is by stairs or gentle ramp to the ground floor, then by 20 steps to the first floor. Please get in touch ( if you require special assistance accessing the Museum. 

Museum Tour 

Tours are available on request. Please book a tour at least seven (7) working days in advance by email to

Research visits and equipment and facility usage : 

Please contact, and provide completed copies of the following forms


Last Update: November 25, 2017