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Makeover for Labuan Bird Park
Published on: Thursday, May 09, 2019
By: Bernama

LABUAN: The zoo-like Labuan Bird Park is set for a makeover by year-end, with visitors able to enter several walk-in aviaries to observe free-flying birds.

The development of the park, with a RM1-million allocation from the Federal Territories Ministry, will be guided by the emphasis on recreation, education, conservation and research, park director Dr Marysia James Abie said Wednesday.

It will be a recreational facility and also serve to educate the public, she said, adding that visitors will be educated on endangered species and captive breeding.

Marysia said that by next year, at the latest, the park will be home to the Borneo Birds Conservation Centre which undertakes research on the breeding, feeding and rehabilitation of critically-endangered bird species from around Borneo.

She told Bernama the park will house an additional 1,000 birds across 100 species, on top of the more than 600 birds of 70 species, 38 from Borneo and 32 exotic species.

Marysia said the park had become a small rehabilitation centre and sanctuary where free-flying birds have come to feed, live and breed over the years.

“We hope that when the makeover takes place, visitors will be able to observe free-flying birds in our several walk-in aviaries,” she said.

The Labuan Bird Park was built in 1995 at a cost of RM6.5 million and started operations two years after its completion.

The park has been designed with facilities for visitors such as shaded seating areas, nature trails, boardwalks, children’s playground and food outlets.

“We are continuing with the park’s vision to take it one step further –  as a recreational facility and, at the same time, a park which can educate the public,” she said.

Marysia said the landscape development plan may consider revitalising the park and its surroundings.

“Our objectives are recreation, education, conservation and research to guide the park’s development,” she said.

The park’s new attractions are to renew public interest, she said. 

“We aim for large impressive displays of birds in their natural habitat – either from one species or from one family of birds.

“We will subtly educate people about birds through our future interactive and participatory bird shows and, certainly, our shows will also propagate the message of conservation,” she said. – Bernama



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