Zoo Taiping

Taiping Zoo is a zoological park located in Taiping, Perak. It is established in 1961 and the oldest Zoo in Malaysia. It covers 36 acres and houses 1300 animals from 180 species of amphibians, mammals, and reptiles. These include Tigers, Lions, Elephants, Hippopotamus, Giraffes, Hornbills, Orang Utans and others.

Taiping Zoo is special in its own way. It has in several occasion, successful in their attempt to breed certain species of threatened animals such as the Malaysian Tiger, Lion, Siamang, Deer, Nilgai, Night Heron and many others.

The zoo also has a night safari. It presents a different dimension to the visitors where the beauty of nature can be enjoyed at night. Bathed in lighting similar to moonlight, the splendor of nature around the zoo is enhanced. In an effort to maintain the experience of a natural environment, the Taiping Night Safari attempts to display nocturnal animals in natural looking setting. It exhibits the animals that are active at night like owls, foxes, deer, panthers and others.

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Image by: Zoo Taiping & Night Safari FB

Hear From Others

The first thing visitors will notice upon entering the zoo grounds is how green it is. There are loads of trees provide shade, and it seems like they’ve carved the zoo around the jungle-like landscape, to stimulate a natural habitat as much as possible.


The Taiping Zoo does a great job of utilising the natural fauna and, in parts, it feels less like a zoo than a set of large exhibits placed into the jungle.


The first of its kind in the country, Taiping Zoo has become an establishment of sort, popular with day trippers and weekend retreats, especially those of us from the northern Peninsular Malaysia. I myself have visited the zoo countless times, most of it during my childhood.

Jeff Chuah

Nearby Attractions

Taiping Lake Gardens

The Taiping Lake Gardens is the first public garden in Malaysia. The garden is located near Bukit Larut and the Taiping Zoo. The huge lake was formerly a tin mine but was since transformed into a beautiful well used and well maintained park where flowers, birds, insects, animals and lush greenery thrive.

Orang Utan Island

Orang Utan Island or formerly known as Pulau Panjang, is a 35-acre island which is part of Bukit Merah Laketown Resort. Since its inception in 2000, Orang Utan Island originally is created to be a sanctuary for orangutan. However, it has progressed from being a sanctuary to a recognized conservation facility and referral center for the endangered orangutan.

Bukit Merah Laketown WaterPark

Bukit Merah Laketown Waterpark is a charming and beautiful lake garden recreation center located at Bukit Merah Laketown Resort. It is one of the parks that can be found in the resort. Occupying an area of 11 acres, it is one of the largest in the northern region of Peninsular Malaysia.The place is great if you enjoy swimming and cooling down by the pool side.

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