ZOLA and Zuri, the newest residents at Sunway Lagoon, are hardly paying any attention to the fuss and excitement surrounding them.
However, it was a memorable day for Jonny Wong Kwei Ji, who named the pair of white lions in a Facebook contest, organised by Sunway Lagoon. The 36-year-old Wong won a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
The male and female lions now reside in the theme park’s Wildlife Park, which held a treasure hunt as well as a walkathon to introduce the refurbished attraction.
About 500 people turned up for a day of exercise as the walkathon was kicked off with an aerobics session.
Participants were joined by Sunway Lagoon’s Captain and Lady Quack mascots, Sunway Pyramid’s Leo and Leona, Sunway University’s Samson the Bear and Milo’s Chichi and Chaca.
Many also came specifically to participate in the treasure hunt, competing in teams of four to six members.
The participants were provided with insect repellent for their trip through the park’s forest attraction.
Mohamad Roszuan Abd Jalil from Dengkil, who had never taken part in a treasure hunt before, emerged victorious with his family.
Sunway Lagoon general manager Sean S.L. Choo said the day’s activities were aimed at getting families and friends to spend quality time together and, at the same time, provide information on the Wildlife Park in a fun and interesting way.
Tourism Selangor Sdn Bhd general manager Noorul Ashikin Mohd Din, in launching the refurbished park, said the attraction was timely as Visit Selangor Year 2015 focused on eco-tourism and sports.
“Selangor received six million visitors in 2014 and is expecting seven million tourists this year,” she said.
The Wildlife Park is home to more than 150 species, with the pygmy marmoset among its latest additions.
Each of the animal sanctuaries has a different name such as Pet Village, Jungle Trail, Aviary, Tropical Enclosure, Tree Top Terrace and Bird Savannah.