The River Terrapin Conservation Centre (Pusat Konservasi Hidupan Liar Tuntung) was established in 1968 by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) with the primary purpose of learning and understanding the habits of these reptilians. River terrapin eggs have been collected and hatched annually since 1980 for release back to the river to help conserve the species.
The Conservation Centre, which is located close to the banks of the mighty Perak River, houses an office, interpretation centre, a small laboratory and three pools for hatchlings and older terrapins.
Some terrapin facts from the interpretation centre:
Visitors can also learn that the word ‘Bota’ in the local area place name is named after a giant 'bigfoot'-type creature which used to inhabit bamboo thickets hereabouts and liked to chase children who play without any pants on. Sounds like a tall story parents use to scare naughty kids.
Visiting Hours are Monday to Friday from 2pm to 4pm.
Closed on public holidays.
I visited outside the official opening hours but the staff kindly let me have a look around.
Entrance is free.
I have marked the exact location on the map on my Top Perak Attractions page.
Address: Bota Kanan, Perak, Malaysia
Official Website: www.wildlife.gov.my