Ragunan Zoo

ragunan.jpgRagunan Zoo is a zoo located in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, Indonesia. Its area is about 1.4 km². The zoo was established in 1864 and moved to its present location in 1966. It is inhabited by 295 species and 4,040 specimens.

The Schmutzer Primate Centre was opened in 2002, within the Ragunan Zoo but privately funded and managed separately. Dr Willie Smits of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation designed the orangutan enclosure so that the orangutans have as natural an environment as possible. Thick dark glass allows visitors to see the orangutans while being invisible to them.

On 19 September 2005, following the order of the city’s governor, the zoo was closed temporarily for about three weeks after various birds were found to have contracted avian influenza. It reopened on October 11.

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