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“Interesting & can be better” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zoo Taiping & Night Safari

Zoo Taiping & Night Safari
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Private Tour: Orangutan Island, Taiping Zoo and Perak Museum from Penang
Malaysia
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“Interesting & can be better”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

This is my very first visit to night safari so I couldn't compare it anyway. I would say it's quite interesting & the kids definitely like it. As a Malaysian I'll definitely support it.

The Zoo is quite huge & in good maintenance. The whole trip itself was about 20-25mins max.

I believe it would be better if the train can go a bit slower so that visitors will have more time to spot the animals.

If you happens to be in Taiping & never been to night safari before, you may consider give it a try :)

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“Excellent Malaysian zoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

TIPS:
1. It is HUMID. Bring water along with you on your walk (which can be bought at a kiosk right after the ticketed entrance) and a fan, if you have one.
2. Have insect repellent, especially for the children. Malaysia's forests are tropical rainforests, after all, so be well prepared for all manners of insects and mosquitoes.
3. If you intend to walk the trails, arrive early when they open at 8am, as the grounds is rather large and the Zoo closes at midnight, which gives you only 4 hours of meandering time.
4. Parking in the lot closest to the Zoo is quite limited. Again, if you're driving, arrive early!
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Our family of 5 adults, one 10 y/o and two infants visited the Zoo Taiping on New Year's Eve for the Night Safari. We had heard good things about the zoo, and since we were at the nearby Bukit Merah Resort for the weekend, we thought to make a special trip out to see the zoo (which was approximately 30mins away from Bukit Merah).

The Zoo charges a fee of RM16 for adults and RM10 for children aged 3-12. We didn't think this was very much at all, as this covers even the tram ride. Having called ahead to check that the Night Safari opened at 8pm, we arrived at that time to find most of the gift shops & food stalls closed, although one tuck shop, one restaurant and one souvenirs stall remained open.

Travelling with two infants, we pushed around a double-stroller. As always, it was bulky to manoeuvre even under the best circumstances, but the zoo staff were remarkably helpful and assisted us in loading and unloading the stroller off the tram before and after the ride.

My only prior experience of a night safari was the one at the Singapore Zoo, which itself is amazing. The Zoo Taiping grounds were somewhat less of a "natural landscape" compared to the Singapore Zoo, but I personally think it is better "curated" than the National Zoo in Ulu Klang. A lot of people were complaining that additional lighting could've allowed visitors to see the animals better, but I frankly thought it was just right, especially since the purpose of a Night Safari should be to see animals in their natural behaviour at night.

The tram ride lasted about 15 minutes and the guide commentary over the PA speaker wasn't intelligible at all, but I still enjoyed the ride. The tram then drops you off at the zoo exit, where you then have a choice of leaving or to walk around the zoo on your own. We walked and looked at the enclosures closest to the entrance/exit, but having two cranky infants, we didn't stay very long (which was a shame!)

Visited January 2012
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“in need of extra facilities, clealiness and lighting for night vision”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2011

zoo Taiping is a must-visit spot however for the night safari, its a bit disappointing, kids cant see the animal. maybe the lighting technique needs to be improvised. however, the kids rejoice seeing elephant (maybe because they are big enough to be seen) and enjoy the night train/tramp.

Visited August 2011
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“Better to Walk!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2011

As reviewed by others, the tram ride was too short (abt 15 min). We could hardly see the animals becoz the driver slowed down for too short a time. The commentary was in Malay and not clear. As such, it is unnecessary to take the tram and queue for more than 30 minutes during peak season. It is better to walk.

Visited December 2011
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“A Trip of Animal Kingdom”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2011

It provides a special train to make sure that you have seen all the animals that are place just next to you !

Visited November 2011
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