Taiping Zoo is special in its own way. It is located in a lovely natural
setting in Taiping Lake Gardens 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.
'Taman Mergastua Sultan Idris Shah' or the Taiping Zoo, which is
located at the Lake Gardens in Taiping, is the only Zoo in the North
of Peninsular Malaysia. Covering an area of 36 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.
Taiping Zoo is currently home to more than 140 species of animals
totalling - 1,200 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.
Visitors are given the opportunity to view animals in their natural
splendour and at the same time relax and enjoy themselves.
A rare opportunity is created for people to study about wildlife
and get to appreciate nature.
This important role cannot be over emphasized. Ex-situ conservation
goes hand in hand wiith in-situ conservation.
There is always something new that we can learn about our wildlife.
Both professionals and amateurs can study the animals at the zoo.