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Out & About: Ragunan Zoo: A gem in careless hands

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Tue, January 26 2010   /  11:57 am

The history of Jakarta’s zoos began with Raden Saleh, a prominent Indonesian painter in the 19th century. He donated around 10 hectares of his land for the establishment of its first zoo at Taman Ismail Marzuki, Central Jakarta. About a century later, the zoo was relocated to a 140-hectares of land in Ragunan, South Jakarta.
It was officially opened Jun. 22, 1966, managed by the city administration.Today with an entrance fee of only Rp 4,500 (47 US cents), Ragunan Zoo has become an affordable recreational site for families. Yet there have been complaints from visitors about the cleanliness and security of the area. They report there is littering and some visitors complain about pickpockets.People may also not agree with animals’ living conditions. For example, kangaroos are situated in compounds unlike their natural habitats. Singapore Zoo has better environments for their animal...