Wild Wonders Await: Best Zoos and Wildlife Parks in Kuala Lumpur

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Bird Feeding at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Ready for an animal-packed adventure? Dive into our guide to the best zoos and wildlife parks in Kuala Lumpur. Get up close with exotic species, engage in educational programs, and experience the magic of nature.

Enter the vast world of faunas and visit the best zoos and wildlife parks in Kuala Lumpur. Visiting zoos is one of the best family day activities for kids. And luckily, KL has a great selection of places to show you the beauty of the animal kingdom, from petting and feeding the most attractive birds to interacting with the King of the Jungle.

Buckle up as we take you to the top places to see the majestic wildlife in Kuala Lumpur.

Meeting the White Tiger at Sunway Lagoon Wildlife Park

Discounted Tickets to the Best Zoos and Wildlife Parks in Kuala Lumpur

First things first, here’s a tip on how to save on entry fees for Kuala Lumpur attractions. It’s called the Kuala Lumpur attraction pass and by purchasing this pass, you can save up to 65% and get access to 2, 3 or 4 activities.

Several zoos and wildlife parks listed below are among the 23 attraction parks in Kuala Lumpur to choose from.

TIP: Click here to learn everything you need to know about the Kuala Lumpur Attraction Pass.

Zoo Negara Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur

The National Zoo of Malaysia, also known as Zoo Negara, is home to over 400 species of Malaysian animals. Meet Malaysia’s exotic animals, including Borneo Pygmy Elephants, Malayan Tigers, and Malayan Tapir. It’s the ultimate destination for animal lovers!

When you visit the zoo, stop by the Giant Panda Conservation Centre. Those black and white giant furballs are one of the most adorable things you’ll see, so enjoy every moment of it.

The Ape Centre is also a fun attraction because you can watch the chimpanzees and orangutans be cheeky with each other.

Visit the free-flight bird aviary, and you’ll see Malaysia’s biggest bird species collection. Right next to it is the Tunku Abdul Rahman Lake, where you can watch more than 300 birds spread their wings around.

Bring your kids to the Children’s World and watch them fall in love with all the gentle animals. They can even pet and feed animals like deer, goats, rabbits, tortoises, and miniature horses.

Zoo Negara has more attractions, including the Savannah Walk, Australian Plain, Mammal Kingdom, Cat Walk, Bear Complex, and more!

TIP: Click here to read our review of Zoo Negara Malaysia

Click here to buy your tickets online.

Location: Jalan Taman Zooview, Taman Zooview, 68000 Ampang, Selangor

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Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Located within the beautiful Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur, KL Bird Park is one of the iconic attractions in the park.

The bird park is divided into four zones, with Zone 1, 2, and 3 being free-flight zones, so expect to see more than 3,000 birds flying everywhere.

Surrounded by lush tropical forests, you’ll see various bird species coexisting, creating one beautiful ecosystem in Zone 1 and 2. Witness magnificent birds showcasing different colors like the Indian Blue Peacock, Crowned pigeon, Yellow-billed Storks, and more.

Visit new attractions in Zone 1, including The Love Aviary and Bul Bul Land. Witness the romance with the Lovebirds in the aviary. Also included are other birds like Indian Ring-necked Parakeets, Budgerigars, Sun Conures, and Cockatiels.

Meanwhile, Zone 3 is home to one of the largest hornbills in the world, the Rhinoceros Hornbill. The best part is you can feed them during the Hornbill feeding session at 11.30 am daily.

At Zone 4, you’ll enter the World of Parrots and see the world’s largest flightless land bird species, the Ostrich. Other attractions in Zone 4 are the Bird Gallery, Education Centre, Bird School, Oriental Bird Aviary, Waterfall Aviary, and Amphitheatre.

TIP: Click here to read our review of the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park

Click here to buy your tickets online.

Location: 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

kl bird park milky stork and pelican scaled

KL Butterfly Garden

If you want a quick relaxing getaway from the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur, the KL Butterfly Garden is a great option. Home to over 5,000 butterflies, exotic plants, Japanese koi fish, and freshwater turtles, Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park is a true sanctuary.

Step into the garden, and you’ll find yourself in the middle of the dancing butterflies and their mesmerizing colors. Aside from the butterflies, there are also other attractions like koi fish ponds, turtles, and live insects.

Scorpions, spiders, frogs, millipedes, and beetles are enough to give you the creepy crawlies. But don’t worry because they’re all well-contained. For an educational experience, there’s also a small indoor museum where they display various species of insects, including butterflies, dead or alive. 

TIP: Click here to read our Butterfly Gardens Kuala Lumpur review.

Location: Jalan Cenderawasih, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Butterfly Garden in Kuala Lumpur

Aquaria KLCC

Ready to dive into the world of majestic aquatic animals? Aquaria KLCC, located right at the city’s heart, gives you access to the top aquatic attraction in KL.

They feature 10 exhibits: Evolution Zone, Touch Pool, The Stream, Jewels of Jungle, Shipwreck, Flooded Forest, The Coastal, Living Ocean, Station Aquarius, and Weird and Wonderful.

The Evolution Zone houses the Red-bellied Piranha, an infamous predator to its prey. The impressive Sand Tiger Sharks, Green Sea Turtle, and Giant Moray Eel can also be found in the Living Ocean zone.

Other fascinating aquatic animals are Brown-banded Bamboo Shark, Horseshoe Crab, Asian Small-clawed Otter, Tokay Gecko, Red Lionfish, Pinecone Fish, and more.

TIP: Read all about our family’s underwater adventures at Aquaria KLCC by reading our Aquaria KLCC review.

Click here to buy your tickets online.

Location: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

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Sunway Lagoon Wildlife Park

Sunway Lagoon Wildlife Park brings you to an interactive zoo where you can pet, meet, and greet over 150 species of animals.

Wild Encounters allows you to interact with exotic animals such as the majestic white lion, sun bears, panthers, white tigers, and more! You can also explore the Enchanting Exhibits, which showcase various habitats of different wildlife species.

The White Lion Kingdom and Tiger Land are two of the most popular exhibits. Get a glimpse of the king of the jungle, Zola, and Zuri, the first-ever white lions in KL. In Tiger Land, you’ll meet the newest family members, Samson and Asha, white tigers with icy blue eyes.

Sunway Lagoon Wildlife Park also hosts the River Terrapin Conservation, made to spread awareness about the wildlife conservation of the Southern River Terrapins.

TIP: Click here for our review of Sunway Lagoon Theme Park

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Location: 3, Jalan PJS 11/11, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor.

Sunway Wildlife Park is found inside the Sunway Lagoon complex. So, while you’re there, make it a fun day out and visit the water park and amusement park at the same time. 

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Farm in the City

Farm in the City provides an immersive experience for all its curious visitors. This enlightening experience is great, especially for kids who love animals as Farm in the City is like a giant petting zoo!

Get to know all the friendly creatures inside this peaceful oasis, including animals from all over the world. Enjoy feeding, petting, and holding animals like a giant tortoise parrots, raccoons, guinea pigs, and much more!

Don’t miss the chance to meet the superstars of the farm, including the Aldabra Tortoise, Ring-tailed Lemur, Alpaca, Blue & Gold Macaw, and Alligator Snapping Turtle.

TIP: Click here to read our review of Farm in the City Kuala Lumpur.

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Location: Lot 40187-40188, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat 1, Pusat Bandar Putra Permai, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor

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IOI City Farm at IOI Mall in Putrajaya

Get ready for a day of family-friendly fun involving animals here at IOI City Farm!

Visit Little Rumba and encounter wildlife from around the world, like North Africa and Brazil. With over 17 species, meet some adorable creatures like Chinchillas, Fennec Fox, Hedgehog, Peacock, and Raccoon.

Admire the marine life down at Fresh Water World and get the chance to spot 56 species of fish and aquatic animals. Enjoy the excellent displays and exhibits, or participate in the Interactive Pools.

Touch Tank gets you close and personal to the beloved marine animals and amphibians. You can touch the top of a stingray and see how its skin texture feels!

They also have the Feed Pond, where you can feed treats to the koi fishes and watch them swarm in the water as they fight for food. Want to catch your first fish? The Catch Pond allows you to catch some fish using a small net and bucket.

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Location: City, AT-6, Level 2 IOI City Mall, Lbh IRC, Ioi Resort, 62502 Sepang, Putrajaya

Feeding a racoon at IOI City Farm

Farm Fresh @UPM in Selangor

Farm Fresh UPM is an excellent venture to give you a taste of farm life! Everything you’ll see here is fresh, from the air and animals to the food and products.

Tour the farm with the Tractor Ride and learn about different farm areas, including the sugarcane and banana plantation.

And, of course, cows! Feel free to watch the cows and watch them do the most mundane things and be amazed by it. You can also learn about the milking process with the cows.

The Furry Place Playground is where some gentle creatures hang out on the farm. You can see animals like deer, furry rabbits, ducks, chickens, and guinea fowl existing in this peaceful space.

You can also try horse riding and hop on a saddle or ride a horse-drawn carriage for a fee.

Location: Jalan Maklumat, 43400 Serdang, Selangor

Field trip to Farm Fresh UPM

Kuala Lumpur Deer Park

KL Deer Park is another animal park at the Lake Gardens or Perdana Botanical Gardens. You can visit it at the same time as the KL Bird Park and Butterfly Garden.

This 2-hectare land is home to several types of deer, including Fallow, the deer from Holland. But the main attraction is the mousedeer, a popular creature in Indonesian and Malaysian mythology.

Other types of deer you’ll encounter are the axis deer and the sambar deer. If you want to know interesting facts about the different deers that live here, you can ask the caretakers.

Note: To manage your expectations… you won’t see a lot of deer, and the deer enclosure itself is quite small. We accessed the deer park from the botanical gardens, and from the entrance, we had to walk (and climb some stairs) to the deer enclosure which houses 10-ish deer.

Location: Jalan Perdana, Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 

99 Wonderland Park near the Batu Caves

Enjoy exploring this wildlife recreational park sitting on 23 acres of land in KL, harboring countless attractions, perfect for families who love animals.

The highlight and main attraction in 99 Wonderland Park is 99 Dinosaur Park, a big hit for Jurassic Park fans. Here stands two 11.5 feet-tall Tyrannosaurus Rex that’s sure to be an eye-catcher for many visitors.

99 Wild Island and Duck Lagoon is a great attraction to take your kids. They can play and pet the adorable ducks and swans at 99 Wild Island and see different breeds of ducks in Duck Lagoon.

Another fan favorite for kids is the Peacock House. There are also bird sanctuaries like the Ostrich Farm (they can be feisty, so watch out) and Bird Square, where various bird species like parrots, cockatiel birds, and macaws can be found.

12 Zodiac Walkway is also a must-see attraction! See sculptures of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac sign, like the Tiger, Monkey, Dog, etc.

Other wildlife attractions are 99 Buaya Tembaga, 99 Malayan Tapir, 99 Malayan Sun Bear, 99 Monster Fish, Deer Yard, and more.

Location: 3a, Jalan 1, KM12, Jalan Ipoh, Pusat Bandar Utara Selayang, 68100 Batu Caves, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.

Monkeys at the Batu Caves
Because of its location, a visit to 99 Wonderland Park would combine nicely with a visit to the Batu Caves.
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KL Tower Mini Zoo

The KL Tower Mini Zoo permanently closed on 9 July 2023. 

What’s Next?

And that sums up our list of the best zoos and wildlife parks in Kuala Lumpur! We hope you and your family enjoy exploring all the zoos and wildlife parks in KL. Zoo hopping is a great activity with the family as it is a fun way to learn about the a variety of animals from Malaysia and other countries.

TIP: Click here to get the Kuala Lumpur Attraction Pass to save up to 65% and get access to 2, 3 or 4 activities with this one pass!

Have you visited any of these zoos? Which one was your favorite? And what was the best animal you saw for the first time?

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About Marlieke Kemp-Janssen:

Marlieke is the mom of a four-year-old girl and, together with daddy, they love living in and exploring Kuala Lumpur. As well as being the founder of Kuala Lumpur with Kids, Marlieke is a digital marketing consultant who has helped small businesses grow through her company Aureum Hospitality Advisers.

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