The Jakarta Post
In response to the news and articles published by The Jakarta Post about Surabaya Zoo and “The State of The Ark: Zoos in Indonesia”, (March 26).
I would like to respond as follows:
Some Indonesian zoos have recently come under the spotlight and been the subject of considerable public discussion. This openness is good because people can clearly see what is going on and what action is being taken.
But one case cannot be used as a benchmark to illustrate the state of all Indonesian zoos. And it is completely unfair to compare the situation of an impoverished Indonesian zoo with other zoos abroad.
Zoos in Indonesia are still a relatively new phenomenon, with the oldest one having existed for less than 100 years. Meanwhile, the world’s first scientific zoo, in London, was opened to the public in 1847 and the world’s oldest existing zoo, in Vienna, was fo...