Ragunan Zoo – The second largest zoo in the world

Ragunan zoo is a kind of combination between zoo and park is located in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, Indonesia.  Since it is a combination between zoo and park, Ragunan Zoo is  known as Ragunan Zoological Park.

Ragunan Zoological Park, Ragunan Zoo has  140-hectare (350-acre) areas,  is inhabited by more than 260 kinds of animals, including scarce and almost instinct animals from Indonesia and from other parts of the world.  Thats way  Ragunan Zoo is the second largest zoo in the world,  First largest  zoo is in Canada.

Many of the animals are endangered and threatened from all parts of Indonesia and the rest of the world. As home to 4000 animals, this large zoo has a good collection of Indonesian wildlife including birds. Laid out in a lush tropical setting, such indigenous animals as the komodo dragon, orangutan, tapir, anoa, sumatran tiger, banteng wild ox and various brightly colored birds are given ample room.

In 1864, when Jakarta was still named as Batavia, the first zoo was open at Cikini area, Jakarta Pusat, which was named as “Planten En Dierentuin”. The zoo was managed by flora and fauna lovers association (Culturule Vereniging Planten en Dierentuin at Batavia). The land where the zoo stood was granted by Raden Saleh, a famous Indonesian painting artist, which width was about 10 hectares. Since the zoo in Cikini considered as too small and not really adequate for animal exhibition so in 1964 DKI Jakarta’s government granted a land with 30 hectares width at the south suburb area of Jakarta, later named as Ragunan Zoo. In 1966, Ragunan Zoo was officially opened by the governor of DKI Jakarta with a name of Ragunan Zoological Park. The first director of Ragunan Zoological Park was a fauna lover, named Benjamin Gaulstaun.

The Ragunan zoo is located in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, Indonesia and easily accessible through the Jakarta Outer Ring Road and Transjakarta busway network.

To get to Ragunan Zoological Park you could use personal vehicle, taxi, public transportation orTrans Jakarta Busway. If you like to use the busway, you can ride the one from corridor 6, Ragunan to Halimun route. Busway and taxi is the most recommended transportation to the zoo.

Ragunan Zoo :

Address: Jl. RM. Harsono No. 1 Ragunan,  South Jakarta, 12550. Telp. (021) 7805280,  7806975, Fax. (021) 7805280.