90. Fly Away

from “5”, Lenny Kravitz, 1998.

Kuala Lumpur has several pleasant natural world outlets for the busy tourist to take a break from the city. We had already explored some of the expansive Perdana Lake Gardens with its lovely botanical areas and noted that adjacent to the gardens are the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park.

The last time we had experienced anything like these wildlife sanctuaries was around a decade ago in Australia (in Queensland’s Port Douglas and Kuranda) so we were keen to take a look and enjoy seeing the birds and butterflies in the sunshine.

The Bird Park is a 21 acre aviary of lush and forested grounds where the birds are free to move and fly around the huge enclosures, and is one of the largest such bird parks in the world.

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Visitors get the chance to see the animals living in a better environment than just being caged (although some of the birds are) whilst the birds themselves can live fairly naturally and get away from the pesky humans if they want to. There are around 3,000 birds in the park covering covering approximately 200 different species.

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KL Bird Park – show off.
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KL Bird Park – this cheeky chap followed us around while we enjoyed an ice cream.

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The Butterfly Park is a little more hidden away and, while not as large as the Bird Park, it is still the largest butterfly garden in the world featuring an enclosure that is a maze-like garden of ferns, vines and exotic plants studded with small pools and waterfalls in which thousands of butterflies live.

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The butterflies are somewhat less accommodating in their desire to be photographed as they flit and flutter around, but we enjoyed their frolics nonetheless.

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Butterfly Park – hmm, not sure how well Mr. Deadleaf Butterfly has camouflaged himself against my bag…

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Butterfly Park – although there were flowers in the garden there were lots of feeding stations with picked hibiscus flowers for the butterflies to enjoy.

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We spent a very pleasant and leisurely afternoon strolling around the two parks enjoying the flora as well as the fauna; they are a great way to appreciate the birds and butterflies and get up close to them.

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