Welcome to the world’s largest free flight bird aviary. Covering a sprawling 20.9 hectares in the scenic KL Lake Gardens, just a ten minute drive from the city centre, this aviary will make you feel like you are miles away from the crazy city that is KL.
I have been to KL twice. The first time I was in KL was when I first heard about the bird park. I saw an ad for it that was featuring a hornbill. I had never seen a bird anything like it, and I thought it was beautiful. I didn’t make it to the bird park on my first trip to KL, so on my second visit, I made it my top priority.
The KL Bird Park
We had a day to spend in KL en route from Australia to the Maldives. Daniel and Jacob had never been to KL, so instead of spending a long day at the airport with an energetic 16 month old toddler, we decided to get the train into the city.
After spending some time at the most iconic building in KL, we started brainstorming what would make the perfect day out before we had to get back to the airport. The KL bird park
was the obvious choice.
Travelling in Malaysia is extremely easy. We flagged down a taxi from the Petronas towers and took a relaxing 10 minute drive through the KL Lake Gardens. The Bird Park houses more than 3000 birds representing more than 200 species in an enclosed aviary. 90% are local birds and 10% were imported from overseas. The majority of the birds are free flying, which allows a very unique atmosphere. Grab your binoculars for the proper bird watching experience, or simply enjoy a stroll through this relaxing environment where these beautiful creatures are able to live and breed freely.
At this point in our travels, Jacob has only mastered the art of walking three months prior, so he was enjoying the opportunity to practice his walking (and running) skills. The KL Bird Park is an excellent place to let children explore a unique habitat that is full of life. It was hear that Jacob learned the word “bird”.
The KL Bird Park also offers an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of its residents. In zone 4 of the park there is a bird photography booth. Here you can get your photo taken with some of the birds. We thought why not… the cost to have your photo taken with your own camera was only a few dollars so we went for it. We entered the photo booth and sat down on the bench. The two attendants brought out a couple of birds and positioned them around us. And then they brought out some more. And then they brought out some more. They just kept coming!
Jacob was enthralled. The last bird they brought out was a beautiful hornbill. “It is OK to touch him, he wont bite.” Jacob gently touched his bill before quickly pulling his hand back and squealing in delight. Jacob never forgot the word bird after this trip.