The Jakarta Post
Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta drew crowds over Christmas, recording 261,542 visitors from Saturday through Tuesday. Most were Jakartans, but others also came from cities such as Bandung in West Java, Banten and Lampung.
Ragunan Zoo spokesman Bambang Wahyudi said the number of visitors peaked on Monday.
“The most visited day was Monday as we got 91,773 visitors that day. Earlier on Sunday, there were fewer visitors or 87,076 people,” Bambang told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.
Ragunan Zoo has always been a popular recreation spot at holidays.
Maudi Sarmadewi, a resident of Pondok Pinang in South Jakarta, for example, chose to visit the zoo with her family despite having visited it several times this year.
“Going to Ragunan Zoo is a must for my family during the holiday season; it’s a tradition for us. Today I came with 12 family members, including seven grandchildren,” said the 55-year-old Maudi on Tuesday.
She said taking her grandchildren to the zoo to see the animals and have a meal together was an enjoyable way to spend the holiday.
“Actually, there is nothing special about the zoo, but I chose it because it is close to my house and the entrance ticket is cheap. So we love to come to this place,” she said.
Tickets cost Rp 4,000 (30 US cents) per adult and Rp 3,000 per child. (roi)