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Title: Handle With CARE
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:17pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.5, ISO Equiv.: 200

There were four lion cubs in the perimeter. I was fortunate enough to stumbled upon these babies. CUTE, ADORABLE & HEAVY :)

Title: Where is MOMMA?
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:17pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 800

This lion cub was trying to cross over the perimeter too see momma. The adult lions were looking at us furiously. It was SCARY.

Title: ROAR!!! or rather MEOW!!! I want MEAT!
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:17pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 800

I spent half an hour observing these lion cubs. This junior was very active. The handlers were having a tough time keeping junior in the perimeter.

Title: Let Me DOWN!
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:18pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.0, ISO Equiv.: 220

The father was asking his daughter to hold it. But, she was not too sure what to do. Maybe she was too excited seeing a big kitty.

Title: It's CUTE!!!!!
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:12pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/4.5, ISO Equiv.: 800

The veterinary students were handling the lion's cubs. After taking this picture, I asked permission to carry and hug this cutie. WOW! It was heavy! Look like a big kitten to me :) By the way, these lion cubs smell like unwashed puppies :)

Title: Hey Pretty :)
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 3:59pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 100

I think the deer was smiling at me.

Title: Let's Do The Twist
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:04pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 125

I was making all sorts of stupid sounds to get the deer's attention. It works!!

Title: Closer, closer, closer...OK Stopped!
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:00pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

A real close-up shot. I nearly fall into the enclosure getting this picture. 90% of the zoo's enclosure were barricaded with metal railings or concrete wall.

Title: I'm Listening
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:04pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

The ears are hairy.

Title: What? Say it Again!
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:02pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.0, ISO Equiv.: 200

Look at those blood vessels.

Title: What Are You Looking at?
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:05pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 100

Is this a deer of a goat? I have no idea.

Title: I'm HUNGRY
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:54pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 160

A small deer chewing the branches.

Title: Malnourished
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:02pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.3, ISO Equiv.: 200

A super skinny deer.

Title: Sound Asleep
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 3:29pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 280

This iguana was placed at the zoo's entrance. Visitors were trying to get as close as possible to the iguana for a personalized portrait photo with this sleeping beauty. I guess Mr Iguana was too busy dreaming about basking under the hot Sun on his paradise island.

Title: Where is my lunch???
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:57pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 140

This camel was looking curiously at the workers. Perhaps waiting anxiously for the next meal.

Title: Camel Ride, Anyone?
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 4:59pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

This camel was salivating all over. Have you heard of SPITTING CAMEL?

Title: Sniff, Sniff
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 5:14pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 200

This rhino was wagging its tail like a puppy :)

Title: RHINO KING
Location: Taiping Zoo, Taiping, Perak, Malaysia
Date: 4 June 2009, 5:17pm
Camera: Nikon D60 with Aperture: f/5.6, ISO Equiv.: 180

This rhino reminds me of Lion King! Look at the body posture :)


By the time I reached Taiping Zoo, it was already 3.30pm in the afternoon. I’ve heard so many good stuff about Taiping Zoo. Foreign and local visitors praised the zoo for a wholesome experience. Taiping Zoo ranked number 1 among foreigners coming to Malaysia. You can read their reviews in TripAdvisor.com

I have to see for myself. Upon entry to the zoo, I was a shock and disbelief! You call this superior, wonderful and amazing? The animals’ cage and enclosure were antique and ‘rotten’! Lots of ‘live’ exhibits were mysteriously removed from display.

I’m not saying Taiping Zoo is a total pariah. The zoo still has an amazing collection of animals. I really like those rare, exotic and tiny little mammals in the zoo. Animals seem to be thriving in the zoo. Four recently born lion cubs become the latest addition to Taiping Zoo. They were DAMN CUTE & ADORABLE!!! I was given permission by the workers to hug and carry a lion cub. It was a surreal experience!!! I wish I can smuggle that cutie back to Kuala Lumpur :)

Other than that, the zoo also has some healthy collection of large-sized rhinos and hippos. If you want to experience Taiping Zoo UP, CLOSE & PERSONAL, forgo the lazy tram ride. WALK and EXPLORE the entire zoo. I took only two hours to do that. Overall, Taiping Zoo is a bit old and rundown but it is still a nice place to visit.


Taiping Zoo & Lake Garden - Getting There:

Both Taiping Zoo and Lake Garden are within walking distance. Refer to Google Maps below for the excact location.

Zoo Taiping & Night Safari
Jalan Taman Tasik Taiping, 34000 Taiping,
Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia.
Tel: 605 - 808 6577 Fax: 605 - 806 6025

Visiting hours
8.00 to 11.00 p.m
Open every night including Public Holidays

8.00 to 12.00 a.m
On Saturday nights and eve of Public Holidays.

Entrance Fee
Adults : RM16.00
Children (3 -12 years) : RM10.00
Video Camera : Free of Charge

Discount
Groups of adults (more than 20) and senior citizens (above 55 years) : RM13.00
Groups of children (3 -12 years) (more than 20)
Night Safari Mini Train
Free of Charge

More info?

Read these articles before you travel:


Taiping Zoo & Lake Garden - Google Maps:


View Taiping in a larger map


19 comments

  1. kok leong Says:
  2. i love your series
    keep on the good job!!!

     
  3. shloke Says:
  4. @kok leong,

    Thank you again!!!

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  5. David Jr Says:
  6. Hello there, nice blog and great pictures! Keep up the good work. Taiping is my hometown btw :) for only 1 year.

    ~ jrhogan

     
  7. shloke Says:
  8. @David Jr,

    Welcome to mylo's travel blog!

    I've visited your blog. We have similar passion - both travel and food! Love the description and photos in your blog!

    Thank you again for your comments!

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  9. Cath J Says:
  10. Ayooooooo.....the cub so cuteeeee!!!

     
  11. shloke Says:
  12. @Cath J,

    Long time no see!

    It's HEAVY & CUTE :)

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  13. fufu Says:
  14. wow...awesome pictures!!
    lion lion lion....kodomo lion (baby lion) =p lol co cute ya... my target is the wild safari in africa

    erm the unfinished pillars look like any ruins in italy, turkey or greece... didnt know taiping has such place

    camel?? wheeee i am going to ride it crossing the exotic desert in china hohohoho... will tell you my adventure then =p

    i like the nature's double with the reflection of the red pavilion? and a zig zag bridge? very chinese style *q*

    well thanks for the info mylo, i will try my best to get the entry visa for tibet XD i wanna explore tibet more :]

    i have already scheduled tonnes of articles to be posted while i am not around... wish you would like them... i wont be able to reply comment, not i could come here read your articles... but i will catch up everything once i am back ...i dont wanna miss any of your pictures :D

     
  15. Shelyn Says:
  16. Taiping Safari is one of the places that I wanna visit but couldn't find the time. You really visit aggressively. How do you cope with your work?

     
  17. shloke Says:
  18. @Shelyn,

    It's a BIG place to explore with big collection of animals.
    I spent one whole day trying to see anything and everything about Taiping but.... UNSUCCESSFUL :(

    Shelyn, there is a saying from Ulysses "To strive to seek to find and not to yield" I'm BEN TYLER in the movie ONE WEEK. Here is the link:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1104806/

    Honestly, work is like second priority to me. I just wanna get lost in a different place and be a total stranger meeting & talking to strangers. I think my immediate boss is following my updates. I guess they don't mind :)

    @fufu,

    Thank you again! You have so many great memories to relate to those pictures.

    About those infos, no problem brother fufu! Glad I can help a bit.

    fufu....you are a great inspiration to me. If you published your book or memoir, I'll be be of the first buddy to get it!

    We will always support fufu and looking forward to your great adventures. I wish you a great journey and discovery.

    Cheers to fufu & Shelyn,
    mylo

     
  19. Anne Saw Says:
  20. Hey.. it's so nice to look at your photo.. By seeing your photo I got more confident to decide on purchasing Nikon D90 :)..Closeup of the baby lion really stunning..

    I never know Taiping got such interesting place to visit, thanks a lot for sharing it.. May I know whether the concept of it is the same as Night Safari at S'pore?

     
  21. shloke Says:
  22. @Anne,

    Gee...thanks for the kind compliments!!!

    I snapped lots of pictures and select the best pictures for my blog posting.

    Taiping is a small town but lots of places to see and also loads of side attractions.

    Anne, I've never been to Singapore's Night Safari. Not fair for me to make a comparison. I'm not sure whether Taiping Night Safari is as good as Singapore. One thing for sure, Singapore's Zoo is WAY BETTER than Malaysia's Zoo.

    Thank you for visiting my blog!
    mylo

     
  23. Shelyn Says:
  24. I thought I posted you a comment. Not sure if it wasn't saved. Anyway, would like to ask you regarding the small blogger banners/logos at the right navigator of your blog, I saw many bloggers subscribe those things and put on their blogs also. Any particular reason for that?

    By the way, can you add my www.travel-living-bliss.com on your blogroll? I have added yours into my new travel blog ^_^

    Thanks!

     
  25. shloke Says:
  26. Shelyn,

    You've posted a comment about Taiping Night Safari and coping with work. I'm not sure whether you add in any other comments. Please do let me know if any other comments were added to another post :)

    Shelyn.....I don't think there is any blogger banner or logo on the right side of my blog. There is a ggogle adsense banner and a jpg img of a tree. Are you referring to the 'subsrcibe' to rss feed thingy?

    No problem adding travel-living-bliss as my reading list! Nice travel blog with three catchy names "TRAVEL, LIVING & BLISS".

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  27. youliang Says:
  28. hey.. nice photos you have there!
    i went to the zoo years ago but i didnt bring my camera along.. I shall go again one day.haha

     
  29. shloke Says:
  30. @youliang,

    Thank you!!!

    Taiping zoo is BIG! Maybe a Night Safari Visit for your next trip?

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  31. Taiping Says:
  32. Very nice blog kawan. Well done.

     
  33. shloke Says:
  34. @Taiping,

    Thank you!! Your Taiping blog is AWESOME. A comprehensive guide to Taiping!

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
  35. a very nice and infomative blog

     
  36. shloke Says:
  37. StrawberrY Gal,

    Thank you for visiting and leaving your kind comments!

    Cheers!
    mylo

     
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