Zoo Taiping or Taman Mergastua Sultan Idris Shah is the only zoo located in the north of Peninsular Malaysia. Zoo Taiping was established in 1961 and is located in a natural abode in the Taiping Lake Gardens near the foothills of Maxwell Hill (Bukit Larut), covering an area of 36 acres (14 hectares). Visitors will have a unique experience, exploring the 2.5km viewing road comprising of the West Loop and the East Loop which display the various exhibits in a natural setting. Zoo Taiping has initiated a new concept where the animals are displayed in a naturalistic exhibits which focus on the animal’s natural habitat. The zoo has its own unique qualities as it is located in an area where nature flourishes with natural streams, tranquil lake and lush greenery. Zoo Taiping now houses around 1500 animals from 140 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fishes. In the collection are tigers, lions, hippos, rhinos, giraffe, orang utan, and many other species. Exhibits like the Malaysian Rainforest Experience, Lowland Forest, Riverine Forest, African Savana, and Elephants of the Perak River are some of the exhibits that are specifically designed to imitate the animal’s natural habitats. These exhibits also function as conservation centres in the zoo’s effort to increase the animal’s population, especially the endangered ones. Zoo Taiping & Night Safari has also won the Malaysian Tourism Award for Best Man Made Tourism Attraction and is also recognized by the Malaysian Book of Records as the first Night Safari in Malaysia.


On the other hand, the Night Safari in Taiping will give you a whole new experience of zoo visiting, being the first night zoo in Malaysia. Taiping’s Night Safari is open to the public since 2003, providing visitors with the chance of observing animals at night, the time when most of them are very active. The animals are exhibited in natural surroundings similar to their nature habitat. Special lighting that is very similar to natural moonlight illuminates the area so that visitors can get better sightings of the animals without compromising the animal’s well-being. Visitors will also get to enjoy and embrace the natural surrounding sights and sounds for a more realistic safari experience.