BEING CLOSE TO THE ANIMALS is just one of those needs I have to fulfill in life every now and then. And lucky me, we found out that Farm in the City was this one place I could get up close and personal with all things organic, live and natural without driving for miles or fighting traffic jams.
Farm in the City is actually a small petting zoo located at The Atmosphere, next to Downtown just behind Giant Hypermarket outside of Taman Equine, Seri Kembangan (near Pasar Borong Selangor). The animals inside are local and imported and some are pretty rare too.
Fur, Fin and Feathers + Fruits
It’s all Fur, Fin and Feathers at Farm in the City, plus a vegetable and fruit farm plus fruit trees planted throughout, just so us city folks get to know how our fruits and vegetables grow. For example, fruiting Nangka trees, Rambutan trees, Lime trees and Guava trees are placed strategically along your path so that you bump into them and go – “Oh, look! A Nangka tree!”
Well, it’s just in case you haven’t seen one before and most of us, seriously, haven’t seen one before.
Warm and Cold Blooded
The animals (plus reptiles) range from the local Malaysian ones like Reticulated Pythons ( real fat giant monsters they were) to Malayan Box Turtles (those common ones, to “kampung” chickens, civet cats, the Sang Kanchil to cows and fish (Tilapia plus Carps) to Prairie Dogs, Ostriches and Blue-tongued Skinks imported all the way from Australia and South America and even China and the like, to Wallabies, Dinosaur-aged Alligator Turtles and Feret Foxes to goats and Peacocks and even Shetland Ponies.
Most of the animals there are trained and can be interacted with. You can pet them, hold them, feed them and even pose for pictures with the animals. They are tame and very friendly towards humans. When people come into their pens, they come forward to get fed. They are also in very good condition.
We noticed a lot of school children come by for day excursions with their teachers and they all get a chance to play with the animals. In fact, I believe school tours are held there on a daily basis. When I was there last Saturday, I saw troops and troops of schoolchildren from different schools coming in on tour buses taking guided tours through the zoo in batches.
Education on Megaphones
The guides or presenters there are extremely welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable of the animals. They will gladly guide you through the zoo and talk about the animals that are on display to educate you. To address the separate entourage of school children, they use megaphones.
The animals don’t mind the intrusion into their private lives. Some of the animals, for everyone’s safety, are kept in their enclosure but for the most part, many of them are let out freely to mingle with the visitors.
The birds, especially were amazing. They fly to you, perch on your shoulder, and flock to you the moment you put your hand out to give them food. Some of the birds were pecking all over the ground too and I was afraid they would get stepped on, being so tiny. Some of the birds were the burung pipit and tiny sparrows and finches but thankfully none got stepped on even though there were throngs of crowds moving about their large aviary.
Free Food For Feeding
You dont have to buy the food to feed the animals, it’s given to you. Like pellets for the birds and fish and kangkong for the others. The food for the animals is quite regulated, you are not to feed outside food and they are quite strict on that.
As for human food; well, that’s not free. In fact, it’s extremely pricey and just about so-so. Like a bag of poorly made popcorn will set you back RM5.50 or so, something you can probably get at RM2.00. Drinks are also a killer in the price department. You are advised to bring your own Tupperware of water and eat before you come.
Speaking of eating and putting your hands in your mouth, you are reminded and given plenty of opportunity to wash your hands every few steps of the way as animals do carry mites on their bodies no matter how well-kept they are. I remember breaking into itchy rashes the last time I went horse-riding (many years back) although I didn’t break out this time. I was careful to wash at all times.
I had a wonderful time interacting with the animals. It turned out to be a very therapeutic experience, I felt complete again after the visit and I would definitely go back again in the future.
Ticket prices are RM32 for adults if you can show your MyKad. Farm in the City is on Facebook. Just go search.
Meanwhile, watch the videos we took:
Ol’ Bessy the Turtle Chomping:
Guinea Pigs Chewing their Lunch:
Feeding Frenzy at the Fish Pond: