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Jakarta Post

Government takes over management of conflict-ridden Surabaya Zoo

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 21 2010   /  10:13 am

The Forestry Ministry has taken over management of Surabaya Zoo on Friday following the death of hundreds of animals, including endangered species such as a Sumatran tiger.

The ministry set up a new team to take over day-to-day operations of the 15-hectare zoo, which is one of the largest in Southeast Asia and in Indonesia.

“We were forced to take over the management because no improvement has made since early this year,” Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan said at a press conference Friday.

He said the previous management by a group of so-called animal lovers failed to meet government-set management standards, leading to the deaths of 689 animals between 2008 and 2009.

“Since February this year, 26 animals including a Sumatran tiger and a lion died of old age and poor facilities,” he said.

Surabaya Zoo is home to 4,200 animals from 315 species.