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Posted by Wes von Papinešu on February 20, 2001 at 11:55:56:
Photo: Hamid (second from the left) Othman (right) and other sanctuary staff holding some of the snakes at the entrance of the sanctuary in Ulu Melaka, Langkawi on Monday.
THE STAR (Petaling Jaya, Malaysia) 20 February 01 Langkawi snake attraction
Langkawi: This island will have another attraction soon with the opening of a snake sanctuary in Ulu Melaka, about 10km from Kuah, on March 1.
The 2ha park will initially have 70 snakes of 18 species, including the rare white reticulated python, venomous cobras and two albino pythons.
Its operations executive Abdul Hakim Abdul Rashid said the sanctuary would have facilities such as an ampitheatre, an interactive centre, a walled recuperative area for the reptiles, glass display cages and a mini herbal garden in which medicinal plants for treating snake bites are grown.
Hamid Harun, the managing director of the project's developer Maju Hotels and Resorts, said the firm planned to conduct breeding and research besides bringing in foreign snakes such as the anaconda and the black mamba.
Park consultant Othman Ayeb, an expert snake tamer, said the sanctuary would stress the educational aspect at the sanctuary so that visitors could learn more about the reptiles.
The sanctuary will be open from 9am to 6pm (Sundays to Thursdays) and 9am to 9pm (Fridays and Saturdays).
The entrance fee which covers guided tours and snake shows is RM12 for adults and RM6 for children below 12.