The Ragunan Zoo in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta is sprawled over a total land area of 140 hectares and has a collection of more than 3,000 animals distributed in over 270 species. The large zoo is one of the popular tourist attractions in the city. It was built in 1864 by an organization of plant and animal lovers. Its original location was in Cikini in Central Jakarta, but in 1966, it was moved to its present location. The old location eventually became the place for the Jakarta Art Institute and the Taman Ismail Marzuki. The city administration, which oversees the management of the zoo, employs 450 people to maintain it. The zoo has been in continuous operation since its relocation except on September 19, 2005 when it was closed for three weeks because some of the birds tested positive for bird flu.
Although many people will agree that the Ragunan Zoo is not the best zoo in Asia, visiting it will still prove to be a worthwhile experience. First, it provides a reprieve from the chaotic streets of Indonesia’s largest city. With its lush tropical rainforest, the zoo is indeed a relaxing place to be. Second, it allows you to be acquainted with different kinds of animals, such as the orangutan, komodo dragons, and the critically endangered Sumatran tiger. [Read more…]