Taman Margasatwa Ragunan Zoo
Taman Margasatwa Ragunan Zoo Jakarta Reviews
Great Zoo that Doesn't Get Many Accolades Jul 28, 2011
The Zoo in Jakarta may not get the recognition of some of the best known zoos in the world, but I was thoroughly impressed with the Taman Margasatwa Zoo.
It only costs .40 cents to get into the general area of the zoo, and another .50 cents to get into the special primates area where the orangutans are. Personally, I believe the zoo should charge more. And as a general rule, I don't like visiting zoos because I'd rather see animals in their natural habitat and not caged up, but I wanted to come here and see the orangutan since it is Asia's exclusive great ape.
There are more than 550 species of animals in the zoo, but their specialty is the monkeys and apes. They also have a big and varied collection of birds and reptiles. Other attractions to see here are the Sumatran Tiger and the Komodo Dragon. The tiger sometimes hides back in its caves, so you can't always see it. Some animals from America and other continents, such as the bear from the U.S., are in short supply.
The best place in the zoo is the special primate area where the orangutans are, though. You can walk in their natural habitat through a maze of tunnels built like it's in a cave, and all along they have large viewing windows to see the apes.
The zoo is rather large and spread out with lots of elbow room. You can rent bikes here and they also have a train you can ride to get around. They keep the zoo looking pretty good, considering the budget they are on. This should be high on your list of places to visit in Jakarta, especially if you can't get to Sumatra or Borneo to see the orangutans.
Getting to the zoo is easy if you take the bus (transjakarta) because it is the last stop on the route.
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