Taiping Trip Day 2 – Taiping Zoo 20 Sep 2009

Posted: September 20, 2009 in Travel

P1010786 We waked up early at 7:00 am the next day, 20 Sep 2009 Sunday. We had our breakfast at the Hawker Centre near the Lake Garden. Then, we adjourned to the zoo. The zoo opens as early as 8:30 am.

Taiping Zoo is special in its own way. It is located in a lovely natural setting in Taiping Lake Garden close to the foot of the Larut Hill (Maxwell Hill). The beautiful natural setting with streams, lakes and abundance of flora gives the zoo a unique advantage of being able to use nature to its best.

Taiping Zoo also known as ‘Taman Mergastua Sultan Idris Shah’, no wonder I had seen a signage like that before we reached here. It is located at the Lake Gardens in Taiping, is the only Zoo in the North of Peninsular Malaysia. Covering an area of 34 acres, the Taiping Zoo has embarked on an expansion programme which includes the building of new "Open Concept" animal enclosures. These enclosures which take into consideration the natural habitat of the respective animal, has been favourably received by the public-both for its inherent beauty and thoughtful design. And, it is really a bit different compared from the Zoo Negara which we had visited early of the year, Taiping Zoo really gives you a feelings of cosiness, a lot of greenness,  and feels nearer to natures.

P1010818 We started the trip with a tram ride which took us 30 minutes, the zoo keeper briefs us insights where Taiping Zoo is currently home to more than 180 species of animals totalling – 1,300 individuals. These include Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Hippopotamus, Giraffes, Hornbills, Orang Utans and others. Furthermore, attempts to breed these animals have been very successful. This has seen the proliferation of such animals like the Malaysian Tiger, Lion, Siamang, Deer, Nilgai, Night Heron and many others.

Our tram ride stopped at end of the route, then we walked our way through the zoo backwards to see the animals and birds. It is really a lucky thing that a zookeeper told us that it is times feeding the hippopotamus after we took some photos of elephants. Issac would be the most happiest kid on that time because he was so anxious and want to see hippo all the whiles, and we didn’t see it early of the year at Zoo Negara because we were walking entirely exhausted and gave up that time. Then, we saw the tapirs, rhinos were lazy laying on the ground.

P1010844 It was another surprise when we at the Africa Savana too. Both Issac and me saw a ostrich loos, and this is a first time we see it! We are so excited on our new findings! We saw a arapaima gigas fish too, it is bigger than the one we saw at Kuching Jong’s Crocodile Farm. Then, we visited the snake house too, various of cobras and python which the diameter of their body bigger than my waist! So scary! There are 2 types of crocodiles too here.

There are others animals such as Chimpanzees, Brown Lemur, Ring Tailed Lemur, Siamang, White Handed Gibbon, Binturong, Serow, Sambar Deer, Wild Pig, Bearded Pig, Lesser Mousedeer, African Lion, Malaysia Porcupine, Asiatic Wild Dog / Red Dhole, Bawean Deer, Rabbits and Love Birds, Cassowary, Asian Deer & Antelopes (Axis Deer, Nilghai), Budgerigar, Black Panther, Australian Fauna (Red Kangaroo, Emu, Black Swan, Magpie Goose, Radjah Shelduck), Free Ranging Water Birds, (White Winged Wood ducks, Greater Cormorant, Grey Heron, Night Heron, Swans.), etc…

P1010880We completed our visit at around 11:00 am with ice creams, some popcorns and lollipop. Only we came out from the zoo, we noticed that there is a fountain just in front of the main entrance. On the way we walked towards to our car, there is a pedestrians underground walkway which Daddy took a snap on it, because we seldom see it in the town.

When we were about to reach our hotel, we just stopped by to the Post Office next to it, attracted by a used locomotive which, parks at the side and in front of a newly restored building. Issac, Belle and me took a photograph with the ‘Teluk Cempedak’.

That night, we went to Taiping Sentral for shopping, and both Issac and Annabelle having fun with the mary go round.

Source from www.virtualmalaysia.com, www.taipingzoo.gov.my & www.cuti.com.my

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