I’ve been getting bored of malls lately. And since I’m not a sporty person, that leaves me with few ‘outdoor’ activities to enjoy, aside from walking around parks, museums, and art galleries (there aren’t too many in Malaysia, so you run out of options after awhile lol).
The Hubs and I initially thought of visiting the zoo over the weekend, but after some thought, we ended up at Farm in the City instead. Spanning 7 acres, this petting zoo in Seri Kembangan is home to over 100 species of animals, including exotic ones like alpaca and blue tongued skinks, as well as common pets and farm animals such as guinea pigs, hedgehogs, rabbits, and more.
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The park is nicely landscaped and full of greenery, so even though it gets warm in the afternoon, the trees provide plenty of shade. Tickets are priced at RM39 for adults and RM32 for children. You can also buy a bucket of feed (with millet, hay, pandan leaves, carrots) for the animals.
The ‘farm’ is built around a lake and is divided into several sections, such as the Bird Aviary, Reptile Cavern, Pet Village, and Jungle Walk, each housing different animals. At the entrance, you’ll be greeted by two friendly ponies, whom you can feed carrots and hay to. The hair on the top of their heads feels rough and warm, like hemp fabric.
At the Giant Tortoise section, you’ll come across both the second and third largest tortoise species: the Aldabra (pictured above), and the Sulcata (pictured below). Both can live up to 150 years old. Maybe there’s something we can learn from these creatures – take things slow and easy, so you’ll live longer!
Pig-nosed turtles are native to the rivers, lagoons, and streams of Northern Australia and Southern New Guinea. They are listed as endangered due to loss of habitat and the exotic pet trade.
The small but interesting Reptile Cavern houses several large snakes, such as the Reticulated Python. The snakes tend to coil in the corners or on top of the glass roof, so you can walk by and see how it looks like from underneath lol. Also within this compound are some Dwarf Caimans, which are sort of small alligators.
Chickens, ducks, and guinea fowl roam the common areas. You can feed them corn and millet. They all look well fed and groomed.
The Bird Aviary was my favourite section. There were so many colourful types: Mandarin ducks, pigeons, lovebirds, even a white peacock strutting its stuff!
Unlike some zoos I’ve been to, the water in the pond looked clean and fresh – so kudos to the management for keeping the place clean and conducive for the animals.
At the goat/sheep paddock, I was nearly mobbed by the herd, who tried to get to the hay in my feed bucket lol. I ended up scattering it on the ground because a particularly aggressive one looked like it was ready to put its front legs on me to reach the feed.
The Hubs was also fascinated by the feeling of actual wool, and kept following one particular sheep around the paddock trying to pat it.
The stars here are the alpacas. They have huge, watery, liquid black eyes and soft wool.
We popped into Pelican Quay for a quick sojourn. There was a small bridge spanning a pond, where a pod of pelicans were sunning themselves by the water’s edge. Their long, gangly wings and sharp, narrow beaks reminded me of pterodactyls.
Aside from animals, the farm also has a vegetable patch and orchard, with plants such as black pepper and a variety of flowers.
Also in this area is the buffalo paddock, which is home to two regular water buffalos and an albino one. They like wallowing in mud to keep cool, so expect a lot of flies.
The farm’s resident ring-tailed lemur. Did you know that lemur colonies have matriarchal structures ?
Stop for a quick break by the lake, which is home to hundreds of colourful koi fish. Drop some feed into the water and watch them swarm in a mass of fat, squirming bodies, lol.
Very active otters.
A marmoset. It was tiny! These new world primates measure just 20cm long, and sustain themselves on a diet of insects and fruit.
There is a section dedicated to small animals, such as guinea pigs and hedgehogs. Here the Hubs touches a blue-tongued skink (it looks like a salamander, but is actually a lizard), and a bearded dragon. Kids will love the Pet Village, where you can cuddle with rabbits – we gave this a miss as the place was crowded with families. There is also a small stream outside where you can try your hand at Longkang Fishing (catching and releasing small fish).
A pair of vibrant blue and gold macaws. They can live up to 50 years in captivity.
Before exiting, remember to say hi to the raccoon squad! They’re super fluffy and fat. You can buy feed from a machine nearby.
If you’re hungry, stop for lunch at the cafe. The souvenir shop also sells refreshments.
Farm in the City is an educational attraction that’s great for families, especially those with young children, to teach them more about animals and conservation. Even for adults like the Hubs and I, it was a fun ‘date’, and we enjoyed feeding and touching the animals. Consider coming here for a day out, instead of heading to the mall on your next weekend trip.
Tickets can be purchased online, or at the venue.
FARM IN THE CITY
Lot 40187-40188, Jalan Prima Tropika Barat 1, Pusat Bandar Putra Permai, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor
Open daily (Weekdays: 10AM – 6PM, Weekends: 9.30AM – 6PM)
Getting there: The farm is easily accessible via car, and has ample parking space. Unfortunately, public transport does not stop directly at the entrance, so you’d still need a Grab for the rest of the journey.