Sunway Lagoon welcomes another member to its ‘Royal’ Family!
Sunway Lagoon surprised its white-handed gibbon princess, Pinky with a new house on a man-made island named Gibbon Island – Upcycled Floating Island!
Pinky comes from a species known as the lar gibbon (Hylobates lar), which is an endangered primate in the gibbon family, Hylobatidae. The fur colouring of the gibbon varies from black and dark-brown to light-brown, sandy colours. The hands and feet are white colour, likewise a ring of white hair surrounds the black face. Pinky was then moved to from her enclosure in Sunway Lagoon’s Wildlife Park, to a brand new home on a floating island.
Pinky’s new home was built with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in mind, constructed using recycled waste such as styrofoam pieces, plastic bottles and chlorine drums. Thus, her new home is aligned with SDGs, specifically Goal 15: Life on Land – to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems.
This Upcycled Floating Island is a dream abode for little Pinky; equipped with connected swinging ropes and raised platforms to play around surrounded by lush green foliage and grass for just chilling and relaxing!
Sunway Lagoon’s latest attraction, Gibbon Island – Upcycled Floating Island is the result of a 14-month experiment costing RM150,000 led by a team of eight talented in-house staff, following a collection of wastes weighing more than 300 kilogrammes. Its unique floating feature requires the park’s zookeepers to travel by boat to tend to the gibbon.
“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 to one another including our furry friends.” – says Magendaran Marimuthu, Assistant General Manager of Sunway Lagoon
Want to get a closer view of Pinky and her new home?
Visitors can enjoy a relaxing pontoon boat ride that encircles the historic lake, giving you a 360-degree view of Sunway City Kuala Lumpur, before they get to see Pinky!
You may just be able to catch Pinky playfully swinging around or happily eating her fruits… or both!
Pinky’s Gibbon Island – Upcycled Floating Island is a must-see attraction the next time you visit Sunway Lagoon! Make sure to say “hi” to Pinky as well as take part in going green to save the Earth!
Sunway Lagoon’s Lake was initially classified as “mesotrophic”, meaning that it has a strong concentration of nutrients, such as phosphates, nitrates and other chemicals. This overload of nutrients fuel explosive weed growth and harmful algal blooms, making it more vulnerable to stress and higher risk of being polluted, in addition to being uninhabitable for fishes.
However, all these have changed! Our lake has been rehabilitated and is now inhabitable, thanks to an innovative diffuser technology that adds compressed air into the bottom of the lake followed by dosing of beneficial bacteria and enzymes.
This has allowed a small ecosystem to flourish in our lake! It is now home to schools of colourful freshwater fish such as Malaysian Red Mahseer (kelah merah), Jawa Barb (lampam jawa), Rohu, Bala Shark (ikan hias tutung), Sultan Fish (jelawat), Giant Gourami (ikan kaloi), Arapaima, Bighead Carp and Tinfoil Barb (lampam – ikan hias).
Have fun feeding them while they swim gleefully around you!