FROM the exotic Arapaima, one of the largest freshwater fish in the world, to the adorable Falla Bella miniature horse, the smallest horse breed worldwide, Sunway Lagoon’s newly-launched Wildlife Park is set to amaze visitors.
Constructed around natural trees in an eight-acre site, the park houses over 160 animal species of foreign and local origins.
There are the rare Spectacled Caiman from South America (the smallest crocodile species in the world), Dwarf Mongoose from Africa (the smallest African mongoose), Swamp Wallabies from Australia, and not to mention the exquisite Channel-billed Toucan from the Amazon.
In addition, local species such as the rhinoceros hornbill, Malayan tapir, slow loris, white-handed gibbon, and binturong could also be found in the park.
The binturong, also known as Palawan Bearcat, is the only remaining species in its family.
Orang asli from the National Park in Pahang used to train these humble animals as pets.
Visitors will have a chance to interact with some of these animals under the supervision of Wildlife Rangers during their tour.
For example, guests will be able to feed colourful tropical birds, including the small parrot Budgerigars, Sun Conures, and Cockatiels at the Bird Savannah in the park.
“However, we try to limit the number of visitors into the Bird Savannah (15 to 20 per entry) as the birds will become stressed and cling to the fence if too many people enter their territory,” said Sunway Lagoon chief executive officer Aaron Soo.
He added that the most challenging aspect in developing the RM7mil Wildlife Park was looking for experienced staff members to handle the animals as they could have mood swings too and need professional caretakers.
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Douglas Uggah Embas launched the Wildlife Park recently.
Sunway Lagoon has five theme parks, including the Wildlife Park, Water Park, Amusement Park, Extreme Park, and Screen Park.
Information about the rates and opening hours of the theme parks is available at http://www.sunway.com.my/lagoon/