More so than other destinations in Malaysia, Langkawi relies heavily on beautiful sunny days. The Langkawi Wildlife Park is a perfect activity to do when the weather isn’t beach-worthy on the island. Originally a bird park, many of the animals inside are of the avian variety. However, with the acquisition of several species of small mammals and reptiles, the park shifted to catchall “wildlife” and changed its name accordingly. Now, this small zoo houses about 150 species of different animals within its 5.5-acre borders.
Admission Fee & Opening Hours
There are also family packages ranging between RM120 to RM136, but these can only be purchased through the park. Animal feed for RM8 a bag is a small supplement to make your visit a bit more fun.
Discounted tickets are available on Klook, which is where I bought my tickets. You can potentially save RM2 to RM6 on each ticket you purchase through Klook. Tickets can be bought on the day of your visit, so if you wake up and it’s an ugly rainy day, buy some tickets and go! The entire process of purchasing through Klook was super easy as usual, and I simply had to show my voucher on my phone to the ticketing counter to get admission wristbands. The terms on the voucher say that foreigners have to present proof of identity at the time of redemption, but nobody at the park asked for this.
Langkawi Wildlife Park is open every day from 8:30 am to 6 pm. I didn’t drive here, but I assume that parking is free.
The layout of Langkawi Wildlife Park is a linear path separated into four sections. In order, the zones are Macaws & Allies, Education Corner, The Aviary, and Ostrich & Allies. The walkway through the park is entirely covered, making this an ideal rainy day activity. Only the rabbit pen and Aviary Section is uncovered, but umbrellas are provided for guests to use while they wander through this section. Handwashing stations are cleverly placed at locations where one would be petting one of the animals or handling feed. Now more than ever, visitors are encouraged to wash their hands before and after touching any of the animals.
The map of the park is no longer completely accurate from what I saw. The rabbit pen had been relocated to the Ostrich & Allies section instead of near the entrance as the map shows. The Primates Section near the exit had been filled with eagles instead, and the primates (we only saw a macaque and a blue monkey) were moved to Ostrich & Allies as well.
There is a lot of overlap in the feeding times, especially first thing in the morning, so you have to prioritise what you want to see. In my opinion, I don’t think you can spend an entire day here to make watching both morning and afternoon feedings possible. If you miss the morning eagle feeding, you are likely not going to still be around at 4:30 pm to catch the afternoon feeding. The Budgie and Rabbit feeding are self-feeding events, where you use the animal feed that you have purchased.
|Sugar Glider Interaction||10AM||5PM||Zone 4||Likely not running anymore|
|Raccoon Interaction||10AM||3PM||Zone 2|
|Pelican Feeding||10AM||4PM||Zone 3|
|Koi Feeding||10AM||1:30PM||Zone 4|
|Porcupine Feeding||10:30AM||2:30PM||Zone 4|
|Deer Feeding||10:45AM||3:15PM||Zone 4|
|Snake Interaction||11AM||4PM||Zone 2|
|Crocodile Feeding||11AM||4PM||Zone 4||Fri, Sat, & Sun Only|
|Eagle Feeding||11:30AM||4:30PM||Zone 1 or 4|
|Otter Feeding||11:40AM||4:40PM||Zone 4|
|Eagle Interaction||1PM||5PM||Zone 3 or 4|
|Budgie Feeding||All Day||All Day||Zone 3||Self-feed event|
|Rabbit Feeding||All Day||All Day||Zone 4||Self-feed event|
The pamphlet information regarding the schedule is out of date. When we visited, there was no sugar glider interaction and some of the feedings were in different locations than the map indicated. Be prepared for some of the interactions to not be running during your visit. The official website also lists some new feedings that are not on the pamphlet.
What To See
Once you’ve bought your tickets, a photographer in the lobby will pose you for a photo with a macaw or cockatoo. This photo will be available at the exit to buy. Just past the turnstile is where you pick up any bags of animal feed that you have purchased. Not all the animals in the park can be fed with this stuff. The animals that can be fed will have a sign next to their enclosure with the correct food to give them.
The park’s educational guides were mostly in the first section with a couple more in Ostrich & Allies. These guides can give you more information about a certain animal or about a certain feeding. When they’re not busy, they stand around looking very eager to help you with something. The park was quiet as we were one of the first visitors, so the guide was hovering closely and following us. They were trying to be helpful and available, but personally, I found it uncomfortable.
Zone 1: Macaws & Allies
This small zone consists of birds that I wouldn’t label as exotic. Of course, expect macaws and their similar cousins, parrots. The flamingos and ducks will be the first animals you come across where the animal feed can be used.
Zone 2: Education Corner
Small mammals and their reptilian predators make up this zone. First is Mammalia like mouse deers, fennec foxes and meerkats. The majority of these small mammals are on special diets and can’t be fed with animal feed.
This zone is where the Cuddle Time with Raccoon (10am & 3pm) takes place. On this day, the raccoon was having a serious case of the Mondays, looking depressed and barely responding to my touch. He was lying on a high platform but the staff welcomed us to stand on a bench to pet him. On a day when it’s feeling more friendly, you can probably hold the raccoon, like the pictures show.
On a raised platform around the corner are where the guinea pigs run around in open-topped pens so guests can touch them. After this, the reptiles take over, starting with spiked turtles and juvenile crocodiles. The final hallway of this zone is lined with different kinds of snakes with interesting factoids above the glass. Hang around this area when it’s time for the Snake Interaction (11am & 4pm). You won’t be able to miss the handler walking around with a giant python. During this event, you will be encouraged to hold the snake and have your photo taken with it.
Zone 3: Aviary Section
This grand open-air dome is where we spent most of our time. The zone starts with a slightly more enclosed room where the Budgie Feeding (all day) happens. This is an optional self-feeding event with special food that will be given to you. Small seeds will be poured into your hand and within moments a swarm of brightly coloured love birds will flock to your hand. The staff member here was very helpful and offered to take pictures on my phone for us. Once you’re finished feeding the birds, carefully exit the room with your eyes on the ground. Many of the birds are pecking at dropped seeds, and accidentally stepping on a budgie results in a fine.
A large pond is the centrepiece of this section, where the Pelican Feeding (10am & 4pm) happens. Uncountable varieties of medium-sized birds co-exist here, from the common (roosters, glossy starlings) to the unique (ibises, grey crested crane), the beautiful (peacocks, Nicobar pigeons) to the ugly (turkeys). There is even a group of lesser mouse deer running around. In a large cage on the west side of the pond are some tiny, adorable pygmy marmosets. We stumbled upon the Eagle Interaction (1pm & 5pm) set up here since this is a much busier spot than its designated place in Zone 4.
We caught an unscheduled zone-wide feeding of every animal under the dome, including the mouse deer and marmosets, around noon. Be in this zone around this time and try to spot an employee pushing a cart full of food.
Zone 4: Ostrich & Allies, Large Reptiles, & Kids Zone
This zone is a mixed bag of creatures that couldn’t fit anywhere else. Many of the park’s feedings take place here. Large, flightless birds like emus, cassowaries and ostriches are separated from their smaller kin in the aviary. If you have animal feed, they’ll come right up to the fence and eat out of your hand. Large crocodiles also take up residence here, where the Crocodile Fishing (11am & 4pm on Fri, Sat, Sun only) event happens. Next to the crocs is a shy porcupine, who has a new Porcupine Feeding (10:30am & 2:30pm) within the park.
The Rabbit Feeding (all day) has been moved to this section. This is a fenced-in space with lots of bunnies that you can feed with the bag of food you purchased from the park. If you’ve already run out of feed, there is a table right next to this area where you can buy additional bags for the same RM8 price. You can drop your money into the box and take another bag without having to go all the way to the entrance.
Next to the rabbits are the deer. There is a scheduled Deer Feeding (10:45am & 3:15pm), but visitors are allowed to feed them with the purchased animal feed.
At the very edge of the park is a walkway above a koi pond. The Koi Feeding (10am & 1:30pm) is not just chucking a handful of pellets into the pond. Visitors can take part in this feeding, where a baby bottle of mystery liquid is attached to a stick that you dip into the water. The Sugar Glider Interaction (10am & 5pm) is supposed to be somewhere close by, but it is doubtful that this event will come back as it’s not on the website. A couple of primates, including a very friendly blue monkey, are in a pen next to a walkway that doesn’t get much traffic. On the map, it’s the north-south path on the right side of the zone.
The last corridor before the exit has a cafe and a mishmash of animals. Some eagles were behind the glass, and this is probably where the Eagle Feeding (11:30am & 4:30pm) occurs even though the map says it’s in zone 1. The otters seem to be a new addition as there’s a new Otter Feeding (11:40am & 4:40pm) according to the website. Large arapaimas see you off before you get to the souvenir desk, where you can buy the photo that was taken at the entrance. At the time of our visit, this was the only place to buy souvenirs as there was no gift shop and the duty-free store marked on the map was an empty room.
What To Eat
Very surprisingly for a tourist attraction, there is no food at Langkawi Wildlife Park. There is the Eagle Station Cafe near the exit that is marked on the map, but this is only a juice vendor with a very small selection. The only food for sale is small tubs of Gelatomia brand gelato for RM13 (RM16 for durian flavour). Bring small snacks if you need to, or have a plan to eat after your visit. We went to Lang Cafey House, which is an excellent option right across the street.
There are two washrooms on-site according to the map. There is one right at the entrance and another in the aviary. I exclusively used the aviary toilets because of their convenient location, however, it appears to be in the wrong place on the map. Their actual location is to the left of the Crystal Gallery on the park map.
The washrooms in the aviary are small, so queues are to be expected if the park is busy. There was a mix of sitting toilets and squatters. I used the toilets three times during our four-hour visit, and not once was there any toilet paper even though empty rolls were lying around. Quality soap was always at the sinks, but no hand dryer or paper towels.
Not gonna lie, people who care deeply about animal rights might find this park depressing. Except for the Aviary birds, many of the animals were in cages and pens that looked too small. The raccoon that was on display for “cuddle time” was either very lazy or drugged. The guinea pigs in the Small Mammals section were especially troubling. I’m no animal psychologist, but the majority of them seemed terrified by the alpha and a couple of them had painful looking open wounds.
Nonetheless, Langkawi Wildlife Park is beloved and has garnered high ratings on any site where it can be rated. I felt a bit of sadness seeing some of the animals, but overall, I did enjoy my visit. This is one of the only zoos I’ve been to where I could get so close to the animals. In the aviary, we were casually walking next to peafowl and turkeys. All the feedings and interactive events allowed me to actually touch the animal, and the staff encouraged me to do so, which is rare.
The park is small but the admission price is fair. We got four hours of entertainment but most people will only be able to spend a couple of hours here. Buying animal feed is a cheap way to add extra fun to your visit. If it’s raining, spending time at the Langkawi Wildlife Park is a hell of a lot better than watching TV in your hotel room.
Langkawi Wildlife Park Info
Address: Lot 1485, Kampung Belanga Pecah, Jalan Ayer Hangat, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah
Opening Hours: Daily, 8:30am – 6pm
Parking: Yes (free)