Zahara Garden, first in Perak to offer alpaca petting experience

By Aida Aziz

GOPENG: The excited and happy faces of the visitors were clearly evident as they enjoyed petting and taking selfies with the tame animals from Australia, the alpacas.

Many would surely seize the opportunity to visit Zahara Garden, located on Jalan Kampung Jelintoh, where 12 cute animals are housed.

The animal-themed garden, along with flower trees, started operating on April 26th, offering 26 categories of scenic spots for visitors to explore and take photos.

According to the owner, Thanabalan Sengoda, he co-founded the garden with his partner, Mohd Athiruddin Mohd Joneidi.

He said the idea came to him while traveling to several countries.

“This is the first garden of its kind in Perak with alpacas imported from Australia, which is the main attraction for every visitor.

“The garden covers 4.5 acres and is divided into 26 areas suitable for photography, including space for children to color.

“We also have a café with air conditioning where visitors can observe the alpacas through a glass mirror.

“Visitors usually come and buy grass or palettes sold for RM1 to feed the alpacas. Don’t worry, the animals are friendly and can be approached and petted,” he said.

He explained that the public response, especially on Sundays and school holidays, has been overwhelming despite only opening in April.

“We are planning to bring in more alpacas, possibly adding another 16 by August.

“Additionally, we plan to introduce more exciting activities and areas for recreation, including a flying fox ride.

“We also have plans to implement programs with schools and children. Some kindergartens have already discussed with us,” he added.

Entrance tickets for adults are RM25, children RM15, persons with disabilities (OKU) RM15, and senior citizens RM15, open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.

Some hotspots here include I Love Zahara Garden, Mural Art, Love Heart, Retro Cycle, Hanging Stone, Fish Pond (feeding fish), Desert Garden, Pond, Birds, Rabbits, Alpaca Farm, and Coffee with Alpacas.



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