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Jakarta Post

Issue of the day: Visitors feel pity for Zoo occupants

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, July 4, 2013   /  09:30 am

June 28, p9

A group of mothers left the sun bear enclosure after losing interest in watching a child feed peanuts to the animals. '€œWhy are the bears so skinny and where is the guide? There'€™s supposed to be a guide here, isn'€™t there?'€ said one of the mothers, in Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta one afternoon.

Meanwhile, another visitor, Harpendi, complained about the enclosures.

'€œSome of the enclosures are not clean. I pity the animals,'€ said the 26-year-old visitor from Bekasi, West Java, about the monkey section.

Harpendi, who has been visiting the zoo since childhood, said the condition of the zoo was better than the last time he visited but he hoped for more.

Your comments:

If you think this is bad, have a look at the animals in the Surabaya Zoo. An absolute disgrace and it makes you sick to watch.

Unbelievable that this is caused by humans.


Zoos in Indonesia are managed by incompetent and corrupt people. It seems that Ragunan Zoo, Surabaya Zoo and probably other zoos in Indonesia are engaged in the illegal trade of endangered wildlife.

When these undernourished and stressed animals die, their jaws, claws and gall bladder will fetch tens of millions of rupiah on the illegal market.


It would be far better to use Ragunan for graft convicts. Then we can all watch them suffer and starve to death.

No more running empires from behind bars. Surabaya Zoo also a perfect habitat for them.


The zoo should be closed! We should not cage animals just for our leisure.

There are enough films made about animals in wild, watch them instead!

Sudarshana Chakra

Perhaps they should reverse the roles at the zoo. Let the animals roam free and put the visitors in the cages?


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