Securing a safe environment for the rich wildlife of Malaysia is important to the Malaysian public and government alike, reflected in the regulations for captive wildlife, with PERHILITAN remaining committed to enforcing these regulations. However it will take concerted effort and continued effective education, cooperation, training and support to meet these new regulatory standards and give all captive wild animals in Malaysia a better chance at a happier and healthier life.
Appropriate environmental, dietary and mental stimulation can enrich captive wild animal's lives, and have an extremely positive effect on an individual's welfare within captivity. However many animals are still suffering from little or no environmental enrichment within their cages. The new regulations required larger enclosures, and within one particular zoo this has resulted in the walls literally being bashed through to join one cage with another. Although some of the animals observed are housed in more naturally-styled environments, many are still housed in enclosures with cement flooring and stale enclosure upholstery, resulting in even the most inquisitive and optimistic of individuals to become bored, frustrated and lethargic through the lack of stimulation.