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“A lot of birds but facilities could be better” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Penang Bird Park

Penang Bird Park
Jalan Todak, Taman Tunku | Seberang Jaya, Penang Island 13700, Malaysia
60 4 399 1899
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Ranked #121 of 143 things to do in Penang Island
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“A lot of birds but facilities could be better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We took the ferry from Georgetown with our rented motorbike. The ferry itself is great fun - you only pay 2 ringitts for the trip back - no charge to get to the mainland. The bird park looks good from the outside but needs some tlc inside. There are over 300 different birds and many i had not seen before. I had quite low expectations but the reality was a bit better. If this was on penang island it would be mega popular but it was very quiet. The highlight was the bird show with the parade of the pelicans and the biggest eagle i have seen swooping over the audience. I enjoyed the park but would only spend 2 hours and no more.

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“Feel sorry for the birds”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

The park is poorly maintained and it's heartbreaking to see the birds placed in cages with not much room to fly around. Some of the caretakers are foreigners who can't speak English or Malay so it was also difficult to ask them anything. It wasn't worth RM18 to come to a park and watch lonely sad birds.

Visited February 2014
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“Just so so”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

After hearing many local Penang folks assert that their bird park is 'better than the KL Bird Park' etc., I decided to check it out. Disappointment # 1: a large school group had descended upon the Penang Bird park, so it is overcrowded. Ok, so maybe that's not the park's fault.
When I did manage to enter, most of the people around, visitors and staff alike, seemed more interested in settling the kids down for the bird show that was to commence shortly. Before entry, just outside the ticketing office are a serpent eagle and a white bellied sea eagle not in a cage, so you can get to see them real close.
My second shock: inside the park in an open enclosure very close to the entrance was a large bird, an emu or Rhea, not so sure, which was dangerously close to the railing. It was making strange gurgling sounds and had it's neck almost a foot and a half onto the pedestrian walking path, looking for tidbits. This is positively dangerous! It could give anyone a pretty nasty bite. Despite my love for birds, I was not too comfortable with him actively following me along his enclosure, neck way out and making strange sounds, so I gave him a wide berth. No volunteers at all present to warn visitors about getting too close. I shuddered to think what would happen if all those kids descended upon that enclosure, with many curious kids trying to touch the large bird.
Apart from that, firstly on a positive side, well yes, the number of birds here is much, much more in number and variety than in the KL Bird park, no doubt about that. But unlike the KL Bird park which is sprawling, beautifully landscaped, and has an extensive net running overhead throughout the expanse of the park, with several free ranging birds walking about, the Penang Bird park is really small. And rather cramped and congested for the sheer number of birds it holds. Most birds are in woefully small cages with thick netting. So although the number of birds is much more here than in KL, viewing is very difficult thanks to the thick mesh. I had a Nikon D90 dSLR with a 70-300 lens, and it was a pain trying to photograph some of the small chirping birds inside a large cage. Yes, large cage, but it was too small for the number of birds it held, and the mesh was too small.
Signposting too is poor. Some of the cages looked positively neglected. The central portion, the one with all those owls and hornbills, was poorly maintained and had hardly any signs indicating the type of bird inside.
All in all, though the cages along the periphery though small are note too bad with signs, the centre exhibits (aquatic birds and the hornbills and raptors section I just mentioned earlier) had hardly any signs and looked positively neglected.
The park requires an urgent revamp and refurbishment. And improvement is signposting. And please warn visitors of the dangerous big bird in the enclosure close to the entrance.
The shop was not up to much, and had the usual tourist kitsch with an aggressive Indian sales lady trying to push some of her wares.
Despite what some of the others have said, the food offerings in the Flamingo cafe were not to bad. A little greasy perhaps, but it was not a disaster either.
And one other thing, the Penang Bird Park is not located on Penang Island but in Butterworth, on the mainland. So you can combine it with a visit to the Hindu temple (directly behind the bird park- I did not go in though), a Chinese temple and the Butterworth train station if you wish to check that out. You can ride the ferry one way and return by the long Penang Bridge, attractions in themselves. I'd hired a car for my trip so cannot tell you much about public transport to Butterworth and back.

Visited November 2013
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“Informative but could be better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We visited the bird park on a public holiday. They have many types of birds that I have not seen in other bird parks. The birds and animals seemed well cared for. Having said that, the bird park is in need of some TLC and maybe upgrading. My family had an enjoyable time feeding the birds at the aviary. The pond is kind of taken over with green algae and something should be done about that. Other than that, we had an enjoyable visit at the bird park.

Visited August 2013
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“I visited the Bird Park.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013 via mobile

The bird park in Kuala Lumpur is much better they have larger area for birds and many more birds walking and.flying around yes many birds walking. When I visited this bird park I didn't know if I was or if there was one in KL or if I had time. But there are birds here.

Visited April 2013
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