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Aug

Butterfly Farm, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our visit to Taman Rama-Rama (Butterfly Park) was not planned. It was randomly suggested by a local as well as the other attractions en route to Malacca. Since we still have an extra hour (so we thought), we allocated 30 minutes for this. But upon seeing the butterflies feeding through the pineapples (I did not know they seriously like it), I knew we would stay longer.

Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

It was a fine-weathered day, hence, the mariposas were generously visible and moving. Those who are into macro photography will certainly be delighted.

Butterfly Farm, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In my case, I found them capable of showering emotional triggers. They reminded me of some of childhood memories wherein we would catch and eventually free them, as well as the equally colorful dragonflies. Other random thoughts: that a brown butterfly visiting your house means that a soul of a dear one is passing by, science related discussions and projects on butterflies, and more. I took a number of videos, in a way that I almost wanted to document their every movement, like what I did for the jelly fish. Unfortunately, I still have not find the time to sort out the plenty of videos I recorded. I must share those in a separate post, including the videos taken while feeding the monkeys, and more.

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More than just a butterfly park

Aside from that it is a well-made replica of habitat for butterflies, complemented by a relaxing view (and use) of the gazebo (wow, it is real, farming games coming into life), there are other charming creatures co-habiting with each other.

Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

You will also see different kinds of birds. I was still starstruck with some (especially the hornbill) though I already had an ample dosage from the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore. I think that this park should be renamed to include “Reptile Park” for better representation. There are plenty of them here, which I am not very fond of . Hence, I did not stay much in that area. Here are some of the other photos that I took during the 2 hours visit (from the 30 minutes projection):

Gibbons, Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(White-handed gibbon)

It is impossible to miss the gibbons. From the park’s entrance, you will instantly get curious to find out where the noise comes from. Until you self-correct your notion that such noise = music. The small, tailless apes with shaggy fur actually vocalize through songs. This can be heard up to half mile away. They also tirelessly swing from one branch to the other.

Lovebirds, Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(Love birds)

To your left will be the love birds. Well, they will always be the love birds. I wonder if their romanticism is distracted by the “music” from the gibbons.

Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(Crickets are available to feed the chameleon, RM 1 per box which is available at the cafe.)

Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(The manmade cave directs you to the scorpions and slow loris.)

Scorpion and Slow Loris, Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(Left: scorpion, right: slow loris (one of the endangered species) also known as “malu malu” which means “shy one”; in Malaysia, they are also popularly known as “kongkang” and “kera duku”.)

Crystal Rock, Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(The discovery of this crystal rock in May 2006 is believed to bring good luck, which they hope to spill over to the visitors who come to see it.)

Fishpond, Butterfly Park, Malaysia

Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(The  fish pond, cave, waterfalls, and bridges give a more effective feel of the rainforest.)

Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I was like them intently waiting for the “action” from the leopards.

Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

They did not scare us, but did a lot of tickling for each other.

Tapir, Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
(Malaysian/Asian Tapir, another endangered species)

You will not easily notice this pig-like creature due to its camouflaging skin. Malaysian Tapir is claimed as the biggest among the four species. The inherent disrupted coloration makes it more difficult to recognize it as a tapir, and other animals may mistake it for a large rock rather than a form of prey when it is lying down to sleep. You will notice that there is a pinkish hole on his right. During our visit, there was a disclaimer that it is currently undergoing treatment, including the management of cleanliness of his surrounds. It is claimed to be recovering from its infection and the management welcomes suggestions in its treatment.

Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Personally, the highlights of my visit are the existence of bountiful butterflies, the sight of shy/slow loris and tapir and the too many tortoises around – of different types! Just as slowness is generally associated with them, I seem to disagree. As I spent much time with them that day, I thought that they run fast. They are surprisingly fascinating, the way they stared at me was a little eerie though. That I am dedicating the next entry for them.

Butterfly Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Taman Rama-Rama (Butterfly Park)
Ayer Keroh, Malacca, Malaysia
Open everyday from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Admission Fees: [For Malaysians] RM 5 (adult), RM 3 (children),
[For non-Malaysians] RM 10 (adult), RM 5 (children)
RM 3 (fee for bringing camera)

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24 Responses to “Taman Rama-Rama”

kala ko kung anu na yung pinapatungan ng mga butterflies, pineapples pala yun. :P Crystal rock, as in puro crystals?

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witsandnuts Reply:

The butterflies sip the juice of the pineapples. I think that’s a salt crystal rock.

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August 16th, 2010

i hope i can visit that crystal rock. i badly need some good luck these days.

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witsandnuts Reply:

*Sending you positivity*

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August 16th, 2010

Thanks for the tours, Jo! Malaysia now is on my wishlist =)
I’ve been following all your previous posts, and there’s much of nature and preserved history in there.
The butterflies alone of Taman Rama Rama would already delight my son. And I definitely would like to have my picture taken at the Kota A Famosa …

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witsandnuts Reply:

You’re welcome. They have butterfly parks in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, too.

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August 16th, 2010

The Malaysian Tapir could really be mistaken for a pig if you don’t notice the weird shape of the head/face. This is the first time, I’ve heard/seen an animal like this. Thanks for the tour.

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witsandnuts Reply:

That was also the first time I saw a tapir. Very interesting.

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August 17th, 2010

that tapir looks like an aardvark. you certainly saw a lot in malaysia. so much fun i can tell.

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witsandnuts Reply:

I agree aardvark’s resemblance to tapir. I’ve only seen in photos though. I am glad we were able to do as much during our 3-day stay in Malaysia. There’s much to explore.

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August 17th, 2010

You mean endangered tapir, right? Not extinct. =D

The butterflies remind me of The Orchidarium in Manila.

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witsandnuts Reply:

You’re right. :) I was supposed to correct that while drafting. Got the extinct info while reading trivia from the park.

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August 17th, 2010

i like to see a white handed gibbon. we dont have that here.

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witsandnuts Reply:

Those gibbons are charmingly noisy. The tapir is interesting, too. I am not sure if we have that in the Philippines.

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August 17th, 2010

hahha kala ko naman makakain yung mga butterflies dun sa first pic. i love going to zoo or any animal park. ganda nilang pagmasdan. great shots. oh by the way. i like your new watermark :)

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witsandnuts Reply:

Thanks. Sobrang aliw din ako sa zoos. Nung Sa Singapore Zoo morning to afternoon kame. :)

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August 17th, 2010

I didn’t know there’s also a Taman Rama-Rama in Melaka. The Taman Rama-Rama I know is in KL :)

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witsandnuts Reply:

When I was drafting this post, I got a little confused if the park we visited was actually in KL or Malacca, or those were the same. Then when I referred to the directions going there and compared my photos to those taken by other bloggers (in KL Butterfly Park), then I was so certain we visited the one in Malacca. :) Especially that the points of entry are very different:

the one in KL: http://www.virtualmalaysia.com/destination/kuala%20lumpur%20butterfly%20park.html
in Malacca: http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide-2888375-butterfly_farm_malacca-i

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August 18th, 2010

i love it when butterflies perch on me. :)

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August 18th, 2010

crystal rock, wow. i want to go there and wish something. hehehe

seeing those beautiful butterflies, made me feel relax. but that tapir uhmm…medyo na confused ako. para syang dugong na parang baboy din.

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eds
August 19th, 2010

love to go to that butterfly section to take macro shots… that tapir is truly a weird looking creature !

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August 19th, 2010

saya ingin membuat tempahan lawatan di taman rama-rama pada ketetapan berikut :

TARIKH : 27.5.2011
HARI : JUMAAT
WAKTU : 9.00 PAGI
ALAMAT SEKOLAH : SK. SEROM 4, LEDANG, MUAR.
TEL SEKOLAH : 06-9751231
NO FAX SEKOLAH : 069751231
BIL DEWASA : 9 ORANG
MURID BAWAH 12 TAHUN : 25 ORANG
MURID PRASEKOLAH : 10orang
Harap dapat perhatian dari pihak tuan. Terima kasih

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CIKGU NORMALA BT. BAHARI
April 28th, 2011

Hi, do you know if there was a flat headed cat here? I have seen photos of one at a butterly park but not sure as to which one thanks

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witsandnuts Reply:

No, I didn’t notice a flat-headed cat at the time of our visit.

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Ricky
August 12th, 2012