A Walk on the Wild Side – The best of the best in Kuala Lumpur and Beyond

Animal lovers big and small are in for a treat when in Malaysia. KL itself has so much to offer but is only just the tip of the iceberg….
Zoo Negara is an obvious starting point, but I have to admit that we haven’t been there since 2012! So, while I can’t write a recent review of the zoo, I can offer you some other options where you’ll be able to meet some new four-legged friends, get all bug-eyed with some interesting insects, and flutter away with some flying beauties…  

The below places are in no particular order but, as a family, we have tried and tested them all in the last 6 months and thoroughly enjoyed them. This list is by no means exhaustive but it’s a good base. I will add some more places of interest once we’ve had the pleasure of trying them out first. 

Here’s hoping that if you decide to visit any of the places below that you have as much fun as we did 😉 

1) KL Bird Park

2) KL Butterfly Park

3) Farm in the City

4) Aquaria KLCC

5) National Elephant Conservation Park (Kuala Gandah)

6) Deerland

 Enjoy, S x
1) KL Bird Park

 Located at the Lake Gardens, you can really spend a lot of time at the Bird Park! This is a popular attraction, but with very good reason. With the world’s largest free-flight walk-in aviary you can wander around and be sure to meet lots of feathery friends. There are twice daily shows in their amphitheatre and a favourite of ours was feeding the emus and ostriches. It’s bright and colourful with lots of close encounters and great photo opportunities, plus there’s a children’s playground – a lovely place to spend a half-day or more! 

Open 7 days a week: 9.00am – 6.00pm 


2) KL Butterfly Park  

 Located at the Lake Gardens, the Butterfly Park is a beautifully maintained place with lots of greenery, little bridges, ponds and, most importantly, thousands and thousands of butterflies that fly around you. 

You don’t need hours here, but leave an hour and a half to wander around outdoors with the butterflies and a few other species, before heading inside for more bugs and insects. 

Open 7 days a week: 9.00am – 6.00pm


3) Farm in the City  

 Located about an hour outside of Kuala Lumpur (think Putrajaya), this is one of the best places for a hands-on experience! It’s far more than ‘just a farm’ and the kids will love feeding giant turtles, rabbits and guinea pigs. After all that they then get to hold chicks, feed the raccoons and even have a pony ride before settling in for a little bird show. 

You could do the tour in an hour or so, but believe me when I say the kids won’t want to leave (and if they’re anything like mine will bounce back and forth between cuddling chicks and running around with rabbits!) so leave yourself a good half-day to take full advantage of the experience. 

Open from 9.30am to 6pm on weekends and public/school holidays

(10am to 6pm in the week, closed on Tuesdays) 

4) Aquaria KLCC  

 Located in the heart of the city, right beneath the convention centre, this is a beautiful place to watch the underwater world.  

With a travelator that takes you through a 90 metre glass tunnel, you get to watch fish, turtles, rays and sharks swim over your head! There’s also show time with the otters and the most amazing feeding time at their Aquatheatre, which really should not be missed, as this will undoubtedly be the highlight of your visit.  

Open daily from 10.30am to 8pm 


5) National Elephant Conservation Park ((Kuala Gandah)

  Although not in Kuala Lumpur itself, this is definitely worth the trip out to Pahang about an hour and a half away from the city.

Feed the elephants, watch them in the river at bath time, see the baby elephants being bottle-fed and learn how these amazing creatures are rehabilitated after being rescued from the wild. We had the most amazing time here and fell in love with elephants just that little bit more. Be prepared for the heat as you’ll be outdoors a lot and also don’t get there too early, as they aren’t open in the mornings at all! 

Ticket office opens between 12 noon and 12.30 with the first showing of the movie at 1pm.

On Fridays, they open later, with the film being shown at 2pm only.


6) Deerland

   This is another place out in Pahang about an hour and 15 minutes drive from KL. While I wouldn’t make the journey out JUST to visit Deerland, it’s a nice enough place to have a walk around if you are en route for the likes of Kuantan/Cherating, or (as we were) on the way to the Elephant Sanctuary which is very nearby.

Feed the deer and then meet a lot of other animal friends from rabbits and hedgehogs, to raccoons and Bengal Cats. If you’re up to it, you can even get nice and cosy with a rather large python and have a few photos taken with him. The kids loved Deerland, but you won’t need more than an hour or so here. 

Open daily from 10.30am to 5.30pm (Closed all day Friday)


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