Taiping Zoo and Night Safari
The country’s First Zoo, established in 1961, located within Taiping Lake Gardens compound. Taiping Zoo houses local and exotic wildlife species in excellent surroundings. The zoo of North Peninsular Malaysia, it tends to receive a big crowds especially during school holidays.
Taiping Zoo Entrance Fee
Opening hours : 8:30am ~ 6:00pm
Admission fee : RM16 / RM8 (adult/child)
Tram Car : Free
At the Night Safari, visitors can observe the nocturnal habits of animals on a tram, which takes them through the gardens and zoo areas where they can watch animals that come out in the night to feed and play. The animals are usually fed in the morning between 10am and noon.
Night Safari Entrance Fee
Opening hours : 8:00pm ~ 11:00pm (Monday ~ Friday)
Opening hours : 8:00pm ~ 12:00am (Saturday & Public Holidays)
Admission fee : RM20 / RM10 (adult/child)
Tram Car : Free
See Taiping Zoo in Google Street View below:
30 birds from Fukuoka Zoo going to Taiping Zoo
Perak’s Zoo Taiping and Night Safari may see visitor numbers soar after a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed today for a bird exchange with Japan next year.
The agreement aimed at strengthening ties will see 30 birds comprising three species being flown down from Fukuoka City Zoological Garden and a pair of African crowned cranes going over from Zoo Taiping and Night Safari.
Fukuoka City Zoological Garden director, Sato Hiroaki, said the zoo was picked because it is well-managed and clean, aside from the weather here being suitable for the birds.
“We’re sending 10 Silver gulls, 10 Pied imperial pigeons and 10 Rosy-billed pochards,” he said after the MoU was inked between him and Zoo Taiping and Night Safari director, Dr Kevin Lazarus, while witnessed by Taiping Municipal Council (MPT) president, Borhan Abdul Halim.
“The collaboration complements wildlife conservation efforts here and the zoo environment,” Borhan said, adding it is very relevant to promoting environmental protection and awareness.
The Zookeepers of the Taiping Zoo and Night Safari consider their Workplace Second Homes
Behind the scenes
WHILE the stench of animal dung repel us, the zookeepers of the Taiping Zoo and Night Safari consider their workplace second homes.
It is the affection for the animals living in the zoo that keeps them going day in, day out.
Not only did the BRATs visit the Taiping Zoo & Night Safari, they even got to visit areas of the zoo closed to the public.
“Look! The monkeys are mating!” exclaims Gopal Krishnan Mohani, who takes cares of monkeys at the zoo. We couldn’t tell the difference but Gopal is able to tell the moods of the animals just looking at their faces and behavious. He has, after all, worked at the zoo for 18 years and is still passionate about his job.
In fact, just looking at the way he feeds and cares for the animals, you can tell how much he loves them. This is despite the amount of work that goes into his job. Gopal’s daily routine begins at 8am when he starts cleaning the cages and feeding the animals. At this point, if he thinks that an animal is sick (by monitoring the animal’s food intake and colour of its faeces, as examples), he will contact the zoo’s vet for professional opinion.
Ramli Mustapha also appears to be as dedicated as Gopal. He is the bird keeper with the zoo, and has been working there for six years. Previously, he worked with the late Ali Khan, known as Raja Ular Malaysia.
The 29-year-old spends the day raking leaves, disposing bird waste, changing water and feeding the birds, which can be very time consuming. His love for birds, as a child, encouraged him to take on the job and treat them like family.
The Star – 30 March, 2008