Snake and reptile park to be upgraded to mini zoo

Posted on December 27, 2011. Filed under: Bio-diversity |

— Bernama

KANGAR: The Perlis Snake and Reptile Park in Sungai Batu Pahat near here will be upgraded to a mini zoo, said Perlis State Econo­­-mic and Development Corporation (PSEDC) general manager Kassim Zakaria.

The park, built in 1975, was initially a venom research centre for the Institute of Medical Research but was taken over by PSEDC in 1981 to be developed as a tourist attraction, he said.

However, he explained that it would take a long time to turn it into a mini zoo as various species of wildlife would have to be brought in and also a bigger area was needed.

Kassim said the park, which houses 328 venomous and non-venomous snakes, is the biggest of its kind in the country.

“As at November, more than 120,000 locals and foreigners had visited the park.”

The Cute Cat Carnival which was held here for the first time also attracted thousands of visitors, he said.

The two-day carnival ended on Sunday.

The park is located at the edge of the Nakawan mountain range which separates Malaysia and Thailand.

It is surrounded by other attractions, including a herb garden, vineyard, an aromatic farm and a golf course.

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