|Olympians Journey to World’s Largest Aviary, KL Bird Park|
The park is divided into four different zones; Zone 1 and Zone 2 make up the free-flight zone; Zone 3 is the Hornbill Park and Zone 4 is where the birds are placed in separate cages and mini aviaries. Both students and lecturers were amazed with the free-flight concept as the birds are let free in the aviary which closely resembles their natural habitat and are able to breed naturally. The group took the KL Hop-On Hop-Off in front of the Picolo Galleries, located nearby the Bintang Walk. Everyone was very excited as it was their first experience to take a double-decker bus for a city tour.
The bus stopped by few destinations before it reached the KL Bird Park, including the famous Petaling Street, Little India, KL Sentral, National Museum, and National Palace.
It was already noon time when the group reached the bird park. The hungry group immediately went to the Hornbill Restaurant & Café nearby the main entrance for lunch. The wooden Malay Kampung style restaurant has a balcony that reaches out to the park. The students were able to enjoy their lunch while sightseeing the magnificent view of the park and listening to the sweet chirpings of birds.
As expected, the bird park is filled with birds flying and running around freely. The group’s hearts were filled with overwhelming sense of warmth as they witness adorable love birds at the Love Aviary. They also get to witness other colourful feathered friends, such as milky storks, peacocks, lorikeets, bulbuls, pheasants and more. The group was thrilled to the birds around and kept feeding the birds.
Some of the places they went in the bird parks were Brahminy Land (exhibits the local eagle species), Bul Bul Land (an oasis filled with multitude of colourful birds), Flamingo Pond (man-made waterfall that’s filled with flamingos gracefully sun-bathing), Hornbill Park (exhibits the majestic hornbills), flightless birds aviary (exhibits some of the largest bird species on Earth), education station (showcases the egg incubation processes, types of feathers and eggs etc) and more.
However, the most thrilling experience of the tour was at the World of Parrots. The mini-aviary accommodates 20 different species of parrots, including macaws, cockatoos, lories, and parakeets. The group was able to have a very “close” experience with the adorable yet playful birds in this aviary. They also fed the birds with sunflower seeds and milk. As some of the students and lecturers had the delicious food in their hands, all the birds flew to them and enjoyed the wonderful snacks.
Although it was a humid and everyone was exhausted, yet it was a very memorable journey for the students and the lecturers.