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Jakarta Post

Ragunan zoo: Not so rosy

  • Dina Indrasafitri

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 5 2010   /  09:29 am

Just a few days before Idul Fitri, which fell on Sept. 10 this year, the Ragunan zoo in Jakarta seemed like a haven of serenity. Big ride: Residents queue to ride an elephant at Ragunan zoo, Jakarta. JP/R. Berto WedhatamaRoars from the big cats and the clanging of the gates occasionally broke the silence. In fact, an elephant was determined to grab the attention of its mates in another gated area by banging its head against the gates. Closer inspection, however, revealed a different picture.Several other elephants, with chains dangling on their legs, were cramped in an enclosed area, while two bears sat staring blankly from their compound, an area hardly matching a forest or any other natural habitat, only allowing for a few steps in any direction.A malayan sun bear perked up to the sight of a visitor and approached the viewing spot, seemingly waiting for something.“It is expecting the...