Anyone who’s been to Langkawi Wildlife Park will tell you that it’s one of the best places to visit
Of the many gems that give Langkawi its ‘Jewel of Kedah’ title, Langkawi Wildlife Park is one of them. Formerly known as Langkawi Bird Paradise, the introduction of an array of new mammals saw that the park changed its name to something more fitting, hence, Langkawi Wildlife Park.
This 5.5 acre bird park takes after the ambience of a tropical rainforest. It is designed this way in order to resemble the animal’s natural habitat, so you’ll see them nice and comfy at home!
A diverse range of birds and mammals reside in this bird wonderland. Up to 150 species of animals from Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, and Russia converge here; and within the grounds 2500 exotic birds flutter about.
Rainbow Lorikeets feeding off an apple | Photo by @langkawiwildlifepark
A step into this animal haven will whisk you away into a paradise land where every animal found in the world is just a short walk away. You’ll even be able to interact with the animals by feeding and petting them!
The park has fully covered walkways, so you don’t have to worry about getting soaked in rain or feeling sticky from the sun! As you walk through the shaded pavement, there’ll be guides who can teach you more about the animals.
If you’re on Langkawi Island looking for things to do, don’t miss out on this educational and fun experience exploring the openness of Langkawi Wildlife Park! Here are some reasons why you’ll love it.
1 – There are birds from all over the world!
You’ll come across some of the prettiest birds you will ever see at Langkawi Wildlife Park. Witness the grace of bright-coloured Macaws, the pitch black elegance of Palm Cockatoos, and the vibrant dye of rainbow lorikeets. See them not in cages – but at the palm of your hand!
Chestnut-fronted Macaw | Photo by @langkawiwildlifepark
One of the main attractions of the bird park is the Walk-In Aviary, where hundreds to thousands of birds fly freely around. The little Budgerigars – or ‘Budgies’ as they’re often called – boast a blue and white plumage.
Budgerigars can be identified by their bluish-white plumes | Photo by Langkawi Wildlife Park
They may look like ordinary fragile birds, but don’t be fooled! These birds have been roaming the earth for 4 million years and are known to survive in the harshest dry conditions in Australia.
The regal Crown Crane, the national bird of Uganda also inhabits a section of the Walk-In Aviary.
The gold ‘crown’ on the Black Crown Crane | Photo by Grom Airiss
These slender-legged birds can grow up to 3.2 feet high (100cm), and can easily be identified by their black and white feathers and the gold ‘crown’ adorning their head.
The budgies and cranes aren’t the only stars of the show. Canaries, owls, eagles, toucans, hornbills, flamingos, and pelicans – all consisting of varying species, are worthy highlights to keep watch for.
Did you know that a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance?
2 – You’ll see where the big birds roam: Birds of Prey
The Birds of Prey section is where the biggest and meanest birds hang out.
This is where you’ll find the lurking vultures from South Africa. Perhaps duller in colour, vultures are nevertheless extremely vital to the ecosystem. They help dispose dead animals which may otherwise pose the risk of releasing diseases into the air. A vulture’s stomach acid is one of the most acidic, stronger even than battery acid, which is why they are hugely efficient in digesting even the nastiest of dead animal remains.
Co-existing with the vultures in the Birds of Prey are the Brahminy Kites, which is part of the eagle family tree; and the White Bellied Sea Eagles. Like the vultures, these eagles are apex predators, which means they sit kingly at the top of the food chain. They are undoubtedly the bad boys of the bird mob. Don’t be surprised if you find one of them eyeballing you as you walk across their path!
A Brahminy Kite gazing far ahead | Photo by @langkawiwildlifepark
A White Bellied Sea Eagle inspecting its surroundings | Photo by @langkawiwildlifepark
If you’re keen, you can have them perched on your hand. Just ask the guide and they’ll strap on the gloves and summon them right to you.
3 – Get up close to a multitude of magnificent mammals
While you’re captivated by the birds, make sure to leave some time to wander around! You’ll be just as captivated when you encounter the mammal wildlife around the grounds.
Unlike the squirrels you’ve probably seen in your neighbourhood, the species of squirrels scampering in the park here are huge! It’s no wonder they are called the Tropical Giant Squirrel. While you’re peering in the trees, look closely for the numerous primates swinging treetop to treetop above you. You may come across Pigtail Macaques, Slow Loris, and Dusky Leaf Monkeys among many other species.
One species of the many primates found at Langkawi Wildlife Park | Photo by @langkawiwildlifepark
On land, the likes of Tammar Wallabies, Pandan Civet Cats, Meerkats, and ssssssome snaking native ‘batik’ Pythons linger about. If you bump into a goldish white four-legged mammal with ears larger than its head, don’t be alarmed – it’s not a deformed puppy. What you’ve just seen is a Fennec Fox!
Spot the large ears of the adorable Fennec Fox | Photo by The Sun Daily
These foxes were introduced to Langkawi Wildlife Park in 2015 and have since resided comfortably here! Their tall pointed ears allows them to be highly sensitive to sound so they can escape predators. So remember not to say anything mean because they’ll sure to pick up on it!
On the tinier, and cuter end of the mammal collection you’ll find guinea pigs, otters, raccoons, rabbits, and other furball animals. Pick them up gently and get your share of cuddles!
Hello from the Otter side! | Photo by @langkawiwildlifepark
4 – You get to interact with the animals!
In Langkawi Wildlife Park, you’re not supposed to just observe the birds and animals in the distance. You’re encouraged to interact with them. You can do so by obtaining animal feed and feeding the animal yourselves. Just hold the bird food out in your palms and the birds will flock to you like a magnet.
It’s a feeding frenzy! Photo by @arseniyzhizhin
You’re not just confined to feeding birds either. The porcupines, ostrich, arapaima, and monkeys need food too you know! Walk around and spread the love to as many animals as you can!
With those eyes, how could you NOT feed the rabbit? Photo by Langkawi Wildlife Park
If you’re game, you can even have a photo with a stout-looking eagle perched on your arm! Just remember not to do anything to provoke it.
Even with the gloves, remember to keep it at arm’s length! Photo by @langkawiwildlifepark
What else can I do in Langkawi Wildlife Park?
There are loads of other areas you can chill in in Langkawi Wildlife Park.
Take a lunch break at the Brahminy Kite Café to savour some local cuisine of Nasi Lemak and Chicken Rice, after which you can head to the other stores around the park.
If you’re keen on diamonds and such, make sure to check out the Crystal Gallery where crafted jewellery from China and Brazil are sold. Drop by the other shops where items such as batik prints, wax art, and souvenirs are available!
Where is Lankawi Wildlife Park?
Langkawi Wildlife Park is very accessible. It’s just a 10 minute drive (8.5km) away from Kuah Town, and half an hour drive from Langkawi International Airport. It’s located along the Jalan Ayer Hangat main road, and is difficult to miss. Just look out for a huge green signage which says ‘Langkawi Wildlife Park’ and you’re there!
How much are is the entrance fee to Langkawi Wildlife Park?
Admission tickets to Langkawi Wildlife Park vary from different platforms. On Wondefly Asia, tickets for Malaysian citizens (MyKad Holders) are priced at RM28, while tickets for Non-Malaysian citizens (Non-MyKad Holders) are sold at RM42.
What are the operating hours for Langkawi Wildlife Park?
Langkawi Wildlife Park is open daily from 8.30AM to 6.00PM
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