Jakarta zoo looking for female gorilla

Agnes Anya

The Jakarta Post


Jakarta   /  Mon, July 3, 2017  /  02:43 pm

People observe a Sumatran elephant at Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta on Monday last week. Holidaymakers enjoy the Idul Fitri holiday by visiting popular spots in Jakarta, including the zoo. (Antara/Reno Esnir)

Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta is set to establish cooperation with a Japanese zoo to bring a female gorilla to the city.

Since 2002, Ragunan Zoo has acquired three male gorillas and the primates have now reached breeding age, said Jakarta Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat.

However, the zoo does not have any female gorillas.

"Now, they are 17 years old and ready for breeding. Hence, we are looking forward to cooperating with a Japanese zoo to barter a male for a female gorilla," Djarot said during a recent visit to the zoo, which charges entry fees of Rp 4,000 (30 US cents) for adults and Rp 3,000 for children.

Djarot, however, did not explain which Japanese zoo was being considered to cooperate with Ragunan Zoo.

Ragunan Zoo, which occupies 148 hectares of land,  is home to 2,080 animals.

The zoo has an abundance of some animals, such as pelicans, elephants, orangutans and giraffes.

Its Sumatran tigers alone number 40.

To deal with the overpopulation issue, the zoo plans to work with several zoos, both in the country and abroad, for animal exchanges, Djarot said. (dmr)