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Published August 20th 2017
Guess who snored?
Recently, I discovered a Wildlife Park in Langkawi, Malaysia. The park used to be an aviary but has since taken in other animals such as a fennec fox, palm civet, raccoons, and porcupines. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that it was well-maintained and the animals do not look malnourished.
Visitors are given the option whether to purchase a brown paper bag filled with food for the animals. I looked inside the bag and was impressed that there were smaller bags separating pellets for the fishes, vegetables, and nuts.
Raccoon in dreamland. Another one was snoozing below it.
Each enclosure has proper signage indicating which food to feed with. There were some animals on a special diet so visitors were not allowed to feed those animals. Most of the raccoons were asleep but only two were awake and took the nuts I pushed through the tube eagerly. The raccoons were not wasteful. If the nuts fell and got stuck in the corner of the cage, they would try their best to dig it up.
My favourite moment was when I got to sit among the colourful birds. I was given a different type of grain for the birds to feed on. If you are looking for a place to sit and unwind, this is the place to be.
Grey-crowned crane being a busybody and strutting down the runway
Upon exiting the mini aviary, I was greeted by a grey-crowned crane. It walked on the pathway like any other park visitors. That was when I realized not all the birds were in cages. There were swans and ducks swimming in the pond. I even spotted a pelican seemingly airing its wings while perched on a protruding rock. A group of flamingos stood together on the other side of the pond. There were peacocks strutting about as well.
I had a funny moment in the park. It was witnessing a crocodile snore or blow bubbles underwater in the man-made pool. It only stuck out its nostrils for an air top up and went back to blowing bubbles underwater. I felt that it was something most of us had done as a kid in the swimming pool or a filled bathtub.
Feeding ostriches was not as difficult or scary as I thought it would be. All I had to do was place the vegetables in a plastic water dipper provided and hold it out to the ostriches. One needs to keep a strong hold so the dipper wouldn't fall from the hand because the ostriches peck hard.
Young children would also like feeding the deers and may be able to pet them. There is also an area meant for kids where they could try catching tiny fishes and play with bunnies. I tried to catch the fishes using the nets provided but they were fast. I believe no one caught them yet, and even if they did they have to release the fishes.
Last but not least, what I liked about the park was the friendly staff. The staff are always on hand around the park and I could see that they were passionate about their job. There is a restaurant called Brahminy Kite Café, after the local eagles in the island. I would recommend visitors to pay a visit to the Wildlife Park when they are in Langkawi island because it really was well-maintained and managed.