Ragunan Zoo, South Jakarta

Jakarta Ragunan Zoo, with official name of Taman Margasatwa Ragunan, is a family recreation in vast area of 147 ha within the area Ragunan, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta. The zoo was established in 1864 and has more than 3,000 various big and small animals with more than 50,000 species of trees that provide some shades for visitors.

The area for vehicles parking in Jakarta Ragunan Zoo is very spacious. On working days the parking lot is also used by commuters who are using TransJakarta bus to go to their offices, as the bus stop is within the parking area of Ragunan Zoo. So practically every day the parking lot is always fully loaded by the motorcycles and cars.

Because the area inside the Ragunan Zoo is really vast, it can be an excellent place to enjoy the views of common and rare animals and at the same time take mild walking exercise. The Jakarta Ragunan Zoo, however, also provides bike rental, circling tourist trains, and carriages for elderly visitors or families to save time and energy.

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A Sumatran an elephant calf (Elephas maximus sumatranus) in Jakarta Ragunan Zoo was blowing trumpet from its mouth after it was satisfied playing and wallowing in the water. In addition to the cute baby elephant, there are several other adult Sumatran elephants with huge trunk sizes kept in large and spacious secured cages. Previously, I had a chance to see a number of Dotted Deer (Axis axis erxleben) originated from India which initially were deliberately brought to Bogor Palace by Thomas Stanford Raffles, around the year of 1814.

Adjacent to it is a giraffe compound (Giraffa Camelopardalis Reticulatus) origanted from Africa. Under normal circumstances, a giraffe can live up to 25 years. Still nearby there is a cage of Bondol Eagles (Haliastur indus) with reddish-brown fur, and white feathers at its head and neck. This eagle was also found in Sri Lanka, tropical Asia, southern China, and up to northern Australia. Their daily meals are small mammals, as well as fish, frogs, crabs, snakes, and lizards.

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An adult giant Komodo lizard (Varanus komodoensis) with body size that is big enough. The Komodo in Jakarta Ragunan Zoo can be motionless for a very long time, before moving its legs forward. Komodo dragons are found only in their natural habitat on the island of Komodo, Padar, Rinca and West Flores.

The meals of Komodo dragons in their natural habitat are a large variety of wild animals such as wild pigs, goats, buffalo, horses, and deer. At the time of mating season, Females can lay up to as much as 20 grains of eggs, which take between 8-10 months to hatch. Komodo can live almost equal to the length of human age, i.e. 50-60 years.

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Macaque (Macaca nemestrina) in an enclosure at the Schmutzer Primate Center, Ragunan Zoo. Weight of macaque males can reach 15 kg. Its fur is brownish with darker colors on the back and brighter colors in the lower part of his body. In some places, the apes are employed by villagers as coconut fruit pickers.

A bit further back of the Jakarta Ragunan Zoo there are camel cages, the even-toed animals that live in the desert regions of Asia and North Africa. Camel age could reach 50 years. Camels can live without eating and drinking for a few days, because its fat hump can be transformed into energy and water, and its highly efficient breathing system.

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Gorillas' living area at Ragunan Zoo in Jakarta was bordered around by trenches to provide security for visitors. Ragunan Zoo maintains three male gorillas originally came from the British zoos. Public performance of feeding time to gorillas at the primate zoo complex can be attended by visitors at around 12.00 and 15.00.

The Gorilla collection is located in the Schmutzer Primate Center, which is one of the largest primate conservation in the world today. It was Pauline Antoinette Schmutzer-Versteegh who pioneered the establishment of the facility. Schmutzer Primate Center Ragunan Zoo opens at 9:00 to 16:00, with the entrance fee of Rp. 5,000 per person.

Collection of wild animals at Jakarta Ragunan Zoo which of special interest are the Lion (Panthera leo), Sumatran tiger (Panthera Tigris Sumatrae), as well as the white tiger which came from Bengal, India. There are still a large collection of other animals that will not be completely covered with a one day visit.

On weekends and national holidays, Jakarta Ragunan Zoo's visitors can ride camels at 10:00 to 15:00, by paying Rp. 5,000. The location is next to the East Entrance. Visitors can also ride tame elephants between 10 am to 3 pm, by paying Rp. 5,000 / person (3 years and above). The location is near the west entrance of the zoo.

Jakarta Ragunan Zoo was established in 1864 under the name of Planten En Dierentuin or "Plants and Zoo". The facility was originally in Cikini, Central Jakarta, presented by Raden Saleh. In 1949, the name was changed to Cikini Zoo, and in 1964 it was moved to Ragunan. The inauguration was conducted by Ali Sadikin on June 22, 1966.

Jakarta Ragunan Zoo

Address : Ragunan, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, Telp 021-780 6975, 789 0615, Fax 021-780 5280. GPS -6.306426, 106.820111, Waze. Open: 09.00 - 18.00. Entrance fee Rp 4,000, Rp3,000 children, insurance Rp.500. Group of minimum 30 persons, discount 25%. Car Rp. 5,000/day, Bus/Truck Rp. 10,000/day, Motorcycle Rp. 2,500/day, Bicycle Rp. 1.000/day. Map of Jakarta . Destinations in Jakarta . Hotel in Jakarta Selatan
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