Along the highway, you will see advertisements of Taiping Zoo.
It is truly a zoo not to be missed if you are in Taiping. It is the best run zoos in Malaysia besides the National Zoo in Ulu Klang in Kuala Lumpur and the Melaka Zoo.
There is a trolley that drives pass all the major enclosures and slow or stop enough for you take pictures and a close look.
You can also walk to the Snake enclosure. There is an excellent collection of different marmoset (miniature South American monkeys) at the entrance. Do not forgot to look out for the hippopotamus near the surface of a pond.
The local animals of orangutan, gibbons, porcupines, Malayan tigers and elephants and wild hogs are well represented. The African enclosure is a bit pathetic though.
There is also a children's playground and a shop selling ice creams to beat the heat.
Additional charge for camera and video at admission.
The zoo is located in a lovely natural setting of Taiping Lake Gardens at the foot of Bukit Larut (previoulsy known as 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 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... It uses an open concept to enable visitors to have a better view fo the animals...
The zoo is open from 8.30am to 6.00pm daily... Night zoo is from 8.00pm to 11.00pm daily and extension to 12.00midnight ons Saturday nights and eve of public holidays... Entrance fee is RM5 (adults), RM4 (Senior Citizens) and RM3 (children)... The fee is doubled for Night zoo... Video camera will be charged at RM5... For the Zoo Mini Train, the charges are RM3 (adults) and RM1.50 (children)...
Taiping Zoo, which is located at the Taiping Lake Gardens, covers an area of 34 acres. It is also the only zoo in the northern region of Peninsula Malaysia. Taiping Zoo is currently home to more than 180 species of animals including tigers, lions, elephants, hippopotamus, giraffes, hornbills, orang utans, deer and others.
Established in 1961, Taiping Zoo is the oldest zoological gardens in Malaysia. It has 34 acres (140,000 m2) of space and exhibits various animals such as amphibians, mammals and reptiles totalling some 1300 animals of 180 species. These include Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Hippopotamus, Giraffes, Hornbills, Orang Utans, Siamang, Deer, Nilgai, Night Heron and many others. It also has a night safari. I saw a 2ft long lizard walking around on the path in front of me and thought it had escaped only to find out that it was actually wild! Also, they have a large collection of primates who have their own separate islands surrounded by water with no fences which is unusual.
Open: 8.30am-6.30pm daily. Admission: RM12
Established during the British colonial rule, Zoo Taiping is Malaysia's first ever zoo. The zoo also conduct night tour to its visitors, aptly call Night Safari.