Surabaya is the capital of the East Java province and the second largest city in Indonesia. When considering the city’s top tourist attractions, the Surabaya Zoo usually takes a leading position as one of the most visited destinations in the city. The zoo is not only the largest of its kind in the country, but also the biggest zoo in South East Asia that occupies more than 15 hectares. The prominent zoo has not only put Surabaya on the map but the entire South East Asian region boasts of the Bonbin as well. The locals, however, prefer to call it the Kebun Binatang Surabaya or the KBS.
The KBS has been the largest and most complete zoo in South East Asia since 1916. It has a width of about 15 hectares. Originally part of the Dutch colonial heritage, the zoo is divided into a nice habitat for birds, a fresh water aquarium and a nocturnal environment. It has more than 400 animal specials both exclusively found in Indonesia and those from abroad and more than 3,500 animals. The zoo was originally built in Kaliondo back in 1916 by a journalist and animal collector named H.F.K. Kommer. A year after, it was moved to Groedo Street. Finally, it was moved along Setail Street 1 beside the Joyoboyo station in year 1920. [Read more…]