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“Bit of an odd experience” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Deerland Park

Deerland Park
Lanchang, Malaysia
+609 - 2797 249
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Ranked #34 of 64 Attractions in Pahang
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: The Deerland Park is a privately owned and managed deer park situated about 2km outside the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang. The park has some 30 Indonesian deer.
London, United Kingdom
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“Bit of an odd experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Stopped off here for an hour during a fantastic Viator-booked private tour to the elephant orphanage very close by (which also took in Batu Caves and local silk painting which was interesting, and local lunch.) The private tour guide, Michael, (who was brilliant the whole day) paid the entrance fee out of the fee we'd already paid (which was expensive in local terms, but very well worth the money for the excellent guide alone and the local knowledge and information he gave us. He was also fantastic at the elephant sanctuary, getting us to stand in just the right spots to be really involved with the feeding and washing the elephants and bathing with them in the river and riding them. He took great photographs of us throughout the day too.)

The fee included a small bowl of feed for the deer, which we duly fed. We also saw and held large snakes and saw a variety of other birds and animals. It was a very small 'park' and some of the cages were small, with little or no attempt at environment enrivhment for the animals/birds inside. Some of the animals looked bored, though only one of the birds was exhibiting signs of being hen-pecked or of stereotypic behaviour, such as rocking or feather pulling etc.

From what I saw the welfare of the animals wasn't bad, but could certainly have been much better. The guide told us they used to have larger animals here, such as a bear, which had been taken away after complaints by tourists about the welfare. I can't comment as I didn't see the conditions the larger animals were being kept in. Since the visit I've seen some other reviews raising concerns regarding animal welfare and I was slightly uneasy about it, but as I say going on purely what I saw, it didn't seem bad; but could certainly have been considerably improved.

The little stop off here was a bit odd, especially when we were encouraged to feed rabbits. It's probably fine if you have young children but as it was only me anf my girlfriend (both 30) it was a bit strange and overall I'd have much preferred longer at the elephant sanctuary to have learned more about hoe they are looked after and how they plan and carry out the rescuing of elephants which have to be relocated etc.

Visited July 2012
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“interesting petting zoo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

We arrived to Deerland on the way from elephant sanctuary (2 km from it). It was a bit of a strange experience. A zoo keeper gave us a bowl with food to feed a group of deers in their pen and an ostrich. There were also some other type of tame deers, including a tiny mouse deer. The keeper also 'introduced' us to sleeping hedgehogs, lizards, a ferret, an albino 2 metre long python, some types of parrots, quails, chickens, peacocks and other birds. As far as we could see, animals were relatively well looked after, however, there was no sign of sun bears. Some parts of the park was closed off, so all in all, we spent there about 40 minutes. Fun for kids (and some adults too).

Visited December 2012
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Visit Only If you Are With Kids”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

I recently visited Kuala Gandha Elephant sanctuary and read about Deerland which is only 3 Kms from KG sanctuary. There is a RM 10 entrance fee which includes bowl of feed for the deers and also some carrot strips for the rabbits. My kids (4 yr old and 1 yr old) did enjoy all that. The entire round of Deerland would take not more than 30 minutes. I would recommend this place only if you are with kids as they would enjoy it. One point that is noteworthy is that this is a privately managed place and the family does a good job in managing things. There are also 2 Pythons which the visitors can hold and take pictures putting them around your neck. In case you are an animal lover, you should visit this place so that by paying 10RM you are indirectly helping the animals to get feed. Ensure that you call them up before you leave as they are closed sometimes during public holidays. Visit www.deerland.org

Visited September 2012
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“Deerland Kuala Gandah”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

Entrance fee MYR10 and provided a bowl of longbeans for you feed those deers. A small place with small quantity of deers and species. Not worth to visit if you are in very small group and not driving. 1-2 hours duration.

Visited March 2012
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“you get to feed the deers”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

deer feeding is the main attraction. there are also a few other deer species within the park along with several other animals.

this park could be better maintained and more species of animals for educational purposes. if you are on a tour to visit the nearby elephant sanctuary, this is a nice additional visit if time allows.

Visited January 2012
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