VISITORS to Taiping Zoo and Night Safari can look forward to two of its new attractions — the exhibition of the “Elephants of the Perak River” and the “African Savannah Drive Thru”.
Taiping Municipal Council president Datuk Abdul Rahim Md Ariff said although the features at both the exhibitions, that were of international level, were not fully completed at the moment, visitors could still take the opportunity to visit these attractions.
He said for the exhibition area, where the elephants are kept, visitors would be able to see the mammals in a natural environment.
“The landscape, first of its kind in the country, is created in such a way that it feels like the elephants are swimming and drinking water besides the Sungai Perak.”
“In time to come, visitors will be able to purchase the relevant food for the mammal, and they will be able to feed them in a safe and secured corner.
“The interaction with the elephants will definitely be a new experience,” he said after announcing several newborns at the zoo recently.
Also present was the zoo’s director Dr Kevin Lazarus.
Abdul Rahim added that the “African Savannah Drive Thru”, also only found at the Taiping Zoo, was another unique attraction.
The African concept exhibition area at the moment allows visitors to feed giraffes during specific times on a higher platform.
He said a special drive through passage would be available in the near future, where visitors who sign up for a special package, would have an up close and personal encounter with the wild while on a buggy.
On the newborns, a 36-year-old chimpanzee called Melisa, who originates from the Taronga Zoo in Sydney and her partner Litoko, originally from the Basel Zoo in Switzerland, were the proud parents to a newborn.
This is the fourth chimp for Melisa.
The other species born at the zoo are the African Crowned Crane, the Malayan Porcupine, Brush Tailed Porcupine and Milky Stork.
Dr Lazarus said the zoo was the only one breeding the Brush Tailed Porcupine, because these species of mammal were known to sleep during the day.
However, he said since the zoo had a night safari, the species were wide-awake and active during the nights, allowing people to see them.
“As for the African Crowned Crane, this is the first successful breeding for the zoo, where the pair of birds hatched two eggs,” he added.