Ragunan to give animals weekly day off
The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
The management at Ragunan Zoo plan to give their animals a one-day break from visitors each week, starting next month.
Ragunan Zoo spokesperson Wahyudi said on Tuesday that the animals' visitor-free day would be Mondays.
'The first day will be conducted on Feb. 3,' he said.
Wahyudi said the no-visitor day was aimed at improving the welfare of the zoo's 1,900 animals.
'During the day off, the zoo's staff and veterinarians can use the time to do repairs and take care of the animals,' he said.
Wahyudi said that when a Monday coincided with a public holiday, the management would change the day to another one that week.
Thousands of people flock every day to the 147-hectare zoo, which is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the capital.
A number of animal-rights campaigners had previously criticized the zoo for its poor care of the animals. Two orangutans have died in separate incidents within the last few months.
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