By Mei Kuan
The first-ever animal wedding in Malaysia unfolded at Sunway Lost World Of Tambun (SLWOT) yesterday (April 21) as the hippopotamuses, Jiwang and Juwita tied the knot at the premises’ Hippo Kingdom in the presence of other animals and human friends. Running on a theme of fairytale and glamour, the ceremony was held following the Malay wedding culture with strict adherence to the health and safety standard operating procedures.
The bride, Juwita, was staying in Gaborone, Botswana in Africa before migrating to Malaysia in 2001. She has been at Hippo Kingdom for almost 5 years now. Meanwhile, Jiwang is an alpha hippo who came all the way from Pahang in January. He met Juwita the same month.
“Jiwang, whose diet comprises fruits like banana, papaya and watermelon, is approximately 8 to 10 years old. He weighs about 1 tonne while Juwita weighs about 1.4 tonnes. Hippopotamuses are very territorial and spend most of their time underwater. Here, our visitors can experience it all via the underwater viewing,” explained Nurul Nuzairi, General Manager of SLWOT, during the memorable event.
“A small act of kindness and compassion towards a single animal may not mean anything to all creatures but will mean everything to one. It is Sunway’s culture to love and be kind towards one another including our giant friends” he added.
It was double the happiness for SLWOT as it introduced its Malay indoor wedding packages from RM55.00 nett per person and non-Malay wedding packages starting from RM910 nett per table.
Beginning yesterday till June 13, visitors can also experience a heart-warming festive season, “Syoknya Raya” in the theme park with a line-up of exciting activities, scrumptious menus, special room offers, exclusive privileges and lively celebration for the holidays.
“Through the tagline of ‘Syoknya Raya’, we want to bring Malaysians on a journey of optimism and positivity during this tough time. We have a lot to be thankful for this Hari Raya season as the situation is getting better compared to last year. Malaysians are a resilient lot and I believe that Malaysia will bounce back stronger in the months to come, as we are all in this together,” the amiable Nurul shared.
For more information, visit SLWOT’s website or call 05 542 8888.