Unknown to many, even Penangites, there is actually a Bird Park right here in Penang. However, because it is located on the mainland side of Penang state, it suffers the fate of being less popular among tourists than other places of attraction on Penang island. Despite that, the Penang Bird Park is probably a much better place to visit than some of the other overpriced places.
|The Penang Bird Park was established in 1988 and officially opened by the then Prime Minister of Malaysia YAB Dato's Seri Dr Mahatir bin Mohamad. It houses over 150 species of birds from all over the world. (I counted, and there are at least 211 species of birds and animals, predominatly birds). One can catch a glimpse of birds of all habitats here.
Among the birds that are housed here are owl, emu, parakeet, cockatoo, hornbill, duck, pheasant, fowl, lory, pigeon, myna, peacock, barbet, kingfisher, eagle, heron, pelican, flamingo, flowerpecker, magpie, sparrow and many others. It is also houses some other types of animals like monitor lizards, mouse-deers, an 18-foot long python, soft-shelled turtle and deers.
The whole place covers an area of 5 acres, and I have to say, it is huge! Allocate at least 3-4 hours if you really want to see every single birds and animals there. Most of the birds are caged up, so it is a little bit difficult to get close to them, and to take photographs for that matter. However, there is a area where one can feed the birds yourself by purchasing worms at a reasonable price.
There have a bird show that starts at 11.30am and 3.30pm everyday. I didn't catch it, but I guess in this show you can get up close with the birds and see them do all sorts of tricks.
While you're walking around, you'll probably bump into a pair of emus (I think that is what they are) and a deer walking around, as though they are patrolling the place. The deer is quite shy, but to get close to it, just pluck some grass from the ground and feed it. It will happily eat it from your hand.
Overall, the Penang Bird Park is very nice place to visit. One will get to see a great variety of birds, many of them you only know by name (did you know that Bayan Lepas is a bird?). Since there aren't many tourists that come here, it does not get overcrowded and the stroll can be pretty pleasant.
Jalan Todak, Seberang Jaya,
13700 Perai, Penang
Tel : 604-399 1899
Fax : 604-399 1899
Entry fee: (Prices for Malaysians in brackets)
Adult: RM20 (RM10)
Child: RM10 (RM5)
School Children with school uniform: RM2
Video Camera: RM5
Physically and/or mentally handicapped & under privileged persons are allowed to enter free
9.00am to 7.00pm daily, including weekends and public holidays
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Malay Eagle Owl
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White-bellied Sea Eagle