Wildlife in the city: 5 Best places in KL and Selangor to interact with animals
Caught in the wild
World Wildlife Day is commemorated annually on March 3 to celebrate and raise awareness on the world’s wild animals and plants. As climate change, habitat loss, and pollution continue to threaten natural flora and fauna, it’s imperative that people are educated on wildlife conservation and preservation to ensure their survival.
What better way than to get up close and personal with wildlife to glean insights and better appreciate animal and plant life? With tropical rainforests as old as 130 million years, Malaysia teems with natural habitats and resources to enlighten visitors, including UNESCO World Heritage sites like Kinabalu Park in Sabah.
Klang Valley folks don’t have to travel far from the city either, thanks to the plethora of animal parks and farms in the city. Here are five such wildlife destinations in KL and Selangor to inspire your love for animals and support their welfare. Bring along your friends and family for good fun!
Zoo Negara Malaysia
Opened in 1963, Zoo Negara Malaysia is the country’s first local zoo, located just five kilometres away from KL. Spanning 110 acres of land, it is home to more than 5,000 specimens from 476 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Managed by the Malaysian Zoological Society, a non-governmental organisation, the open concept zoo features spacious exhibits designed to replicate the natural habitats of the respective animals, including a Giant Panda Conservation Centree, reptile house, aviary, and mammal kingdom, among others. What’s more, there are adoption packages for visitors to meaningfully contribute towards the welfare of animals in the facility.
Address: Jalan Taman Zooview, Taman Zooview, 68000 Ampang, Selangor
Opening hours: 9am to 5pm daily
Contact: +603 4108 3422 / +603 4108 3424
Farm in the City
Calling itself an Eden of nature and animals, Farm in the City (FITC) is uniquely designed to resemble a Malaysian kampung (village) while incorporating the environment of a conservation park. Within the village, visitors will find various attractions such as a free-flight bird aviary, reptiles cavern, jungle walk, and even an orchard. The pet village is especially popular among families with young children as visitors will get the chance to interact and pet rabbits, deer, guinea pigs, alpacas, and other gentle creatures—bringing home photos for souvenirs!
Address: Lot 40187-40188, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat 1, Pusat Bandar Putra Permai, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm (weekdays) | 9.30am to 6pm (weekends)
Contact: +603 8941 3099 / +6010 762 7612
For those fascinated by marine life, make a trip to Aquaria KLCC—the top rated aquarium attraction in Southeast Asia. The world-class oceanarium boasts more than 5,000 aquatic and land species spread across 60,000 sq ft of space. Exhibits showcase iconic Malaysian creatures such as green sea turtles, sand tiger sharks, and giant groupers, as well as exotic species like the Giant Pacific Octopus. There’s even a touch zone where brave visitors can dip their fingers into a pool of brown-banded bamboo sharks or horseshoe crabs, while learning cool facts about these gentle aquatic creatures!
Address: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm (last entry 6pm)
Contact: +603 2333 1888
Sunway Wildlife Park
Most locals may know Sunway Lagoon for its waterslides and theme park, but the popular holiday attraction also features an interactive Wildlife Park. It features over 150 animal species from around the world, with numerous educational activities for the whole family. Among the unique exhibits include the white tigers and white lions, pygmy marmosets, meerkats, prairie dogs, and more. Visitors can also book specially tailored educational tours for children and adults alike to learn interesting trivia from the park's trained rangers.
Address: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm, Wednesdays to Mondays (closed on Tuesdays)
Contact: +603 5639 0000
KL Bird Park
Priding itself as the world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary, KL Bird Park is a true haven for bird enthusiasts. Although the park is dedicated to just one category of wildlife, there are at least 3,000 local and foreign birds across 200 species at this popular attraction. The park’s main highlight is its free-flight concept, where its winged inhabitants are let free in three different zones, so that they are able to fly and breed freely. This way, visitors will be able to witness a wide range of birds such as hornbills, flamingoes, parrots and peacocks in a natural environment. While you’re there, don’t miss the opportunity to dine-in with the birds at Hornbill Restaurant!
Bonus: There’s also a Deer Park and Butterfly Farm located minutes away, so you can even plan a full day of wildlife exploration smack in the city!
Address: KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Perdana Botanical Gardens, 50480 Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm daily
Contact: +603 2272 1010
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