KL Bird Park, nice for a day trip or a few hours
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I must admit that I am not immediately attracted to visit a zoo or bird park, because i think it is much nicer to see animals in nature and freedom.
But KL Bird Park has been set up in such a way that many of the birds live in enormous zones, with space that comes as close to free range as is possible. I had a saturday to spend in KL before my flight back home, after a business visit, and I have spent a few nice hours here in the morning. If you are really into bird photography, you can easily spend a whole day here as well, other people will find that a couple of hours will do. No matter how long, it is worth a visit.
The set-up of the park is that you follow a route that leads you through 4 very large different zones, which contain thematic sections, just to name a few of them:
- Brahminy land
- Flamingo pond
- Bul Bul Land
- Flightless Birds Zone
- Oriental Bird Aviary
- World of Parrots
- Waterfall Aviary
There is plenty of useful information on the many signs and there are a lot of educative venues as well, including an amphitheatre, an egg incubation station, and a gallery & information centre.
The park is situated on a slope which has vreated to make the aviaries so high that in many places even the visitors don't have the ideas that it is enclosed. The landscaping is very nice and follows the themes of the various zones.
A souvenir shop and a restaurant/café, with a huge veranda overlooking the hornbill park can be accessed from inside the park and from outside as well. Some people mentioned in other review sites that you can just easily save the admission fee by just going to have a drink there. Indeed you would see some birds, but you miss the vast majority of what this park has to offer.
Spending half a day here also allows you to combine it for example with the butterfly park close by, or with Lake Gardens in general.
The opening hours are daily from 09.00 a.m. till 06.00 p.m. and I would recommend going there early because it is still quiet and you will be able to approach the birds more closely.
The website gives clear directions on how to get there:
By public transport
- Rapid KL Bus No. B115 from Kotaraya to Jalan Parlimen
- KL Hop-On-Hop-Off Double Decker Tour Bus Service, disembark at Station No. 14 in front of KL Bird Park Main Entrance. Buses available at every 30 to 45 minutes interval.
- By KTM Commuter Train, disembark at the KTM Old Railway Kuala Lumpur Station located near the National Mosque
- Public taxis – Advisable to look for taxis that uses the coupon or meter system.
If you are driving
- GPS address: Bird Park
- GPS coordinates: N3 08.
- From Jalan Bangsar, head straight towards KTM Railway Station round-a-bout, turn left towards Masjid Negara
- From Jalan Mahameru, turn left into Jalan Parlimen. At traffic light, turn right towards the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens.
Adults MYR 48, Children 3-12 yo MYR 38, children younger than 3yo: free
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