The free-flying lake birds

The Zoo Negara is situated 13km from the centre of Kuala Lumpur, and it is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Tickets for Adults is RM 15.00 and Children RM6.00. If you are a senior citizen ( 60 years and above ) you pay RM6.00 and if it is your birthday you get a FREE ENTRY!

There are some complains that the tickets are a bit too expensive but I really understand and accept it as Zoo Negara is run by a non-governmental organization. They have little help from the government and the cost of maintaining the place is too expensive nowadays.

However they have to get their funds from the gate collections and public donations to maintain their daily expenditures. They have to pay the salaries of the workers and to feed a total of over 5,137 animals comprising 459 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

How to got to Zoo Negara

By Light Rail Transit System (LRT) :

– Alight at Wangsa Maju Station, Kelana Jaya Line
– Board a taxi to Zoo Negara

By Bus :
– Metrobus number 16 from Central Market, KL
– Rapid KL number U34 from Putra LRT Station, Wangsamaju, KL
– Rapid KL number U23 from Titiwangsa Station, KL

Enter the main gate and turn left, walk a short distance and you will see a big lake in front of you. Do you know the name of the lake? It is The Tunku Abdul Rahman Lake and it was named after the first prime minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman.

The lake is home to over 300 free-roaming birds. They are Painted storks, Milky storks, Ibises, Egrets, Swans, Pelican and many others. I can see there are some bird’s nests on the trees and I am wondering whether these birds are there to lay their eggs.

In South-East Asia all large waterbirds are decreasing in numbers because available breeding sites are being taken over by developers who are felling trees. The trees provide nest sites and it’s a pity these sites are losing ground to urban and industrial development.

Many of these free-flying lake birds are not residing here in the Zoo and they come from other places nearby like Glombak, Kuala Selangor, and even Fraser Hill. They are looking for food whereever they can find to survive.

Don’t forget to visit the orangutans at The Ape Centre, and meet the longest type of python in the world – Reticulated Pythons and many others at The Reptile Park, and also The Tunku Abdul Rahman Aquariums.


6 responses to “The free-flying lake birds

  1. Chrisy, very interesting about the zoo and the birds. And know it’s a huge cost to feed and maintain the zoo and animals . People should appreciate that.
    The birds look like our ‘Wood Storks’. I’ll put them on my blog soon. I may send you a picture of one so you can compare them. Thanks!

  2. Gaye,
    Thanks for your comment and agreeing with me. I think the flying birds are the painted storks. The painted and wood storks are all in the stork family.

  3. Some of those flying bird photos are excellent and I enjoyed this post very much. In some way I feel like I am a world traveler when coming here. And it is too bad about the birds losing their habitats. There is a lot in the news lately about world and environmental concerns. We all need to get together on this. We all sink or swim together.

  4. Thanks for the kind comment and the birds losing their habitats because there are too many countries felling down the trees for city development and the world should really look into this issue.

  5. Really great pix of all those birds. Thumbs up for great photography.

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