Ragunan Zoo is a great place for individuals, families, or groups to spend their vacation in Jakarta, Indonesia. It’s very budget-friendly, fun and interesting. In this place you’ll be able to observe various species of animals from Indonesia and other countries, such as the endangered orangutans, the Srilangka Leopards, many exotic birds, etc.
Ragunan Zoo is also known as Kebon Binatang Ragunan, Bonbin Ragunan and Taman Margasatwa Ragunan. The word bonbin is an abbreviation of Kebon Binatang.
The 6 highlights of Ragunan Zoo
The zoo was built on a 147 acres of land area. It would take you probably 3-4 days to explore and to try everything. If you can only afford to spend a day in this place, this means, it would be better to plan your visit.
For that reason, Inaguide suggests the 6 highlights of Ragunan Zoo you should consider to prioritize. They are:
1. The Orangutan Kalimantan
Orangutan literally means people of the jungle. This magnificent creature origins from one of the biggest island in Indonesia, Kalimantan. The word Kalimantan is also used interchangeably with Borneo.
The main food of orangutan is fruits, leaves, bugs (ants, termites), flowers, tree barks, and palm shoots.
The status of orangutan is currently as endangered species, due to the opening of forests for palm oil sites. Many was shot, used for prostitution, burnt alive, mutilated, etc.
The orangutan on these pictures is a male. It looks huge, even from afar. It manages to attract many visitors attention, both adults and children.
2. The giant fishes, Arapaima Gigas
Arapaima, Pirarucu or Paiche is the biggest freshwater fish from the tropical waters region of South America. Arapaima fish can grow up to 3 meters long and weigh up to 200 kilogram. The fish is a predator, it eats other fishes.
You can only see Arapaima in the Children Zoo Facility. You need to pay for an extra entrance ticket, but it’s very cheap. For the current Children Zoo ticket price, please visit Ragunan Zoo Official Website.
3. The elephants
Who doesn’t get amazed by this giant being. Here you can watch it in a quite close safe distance.
It uses its long nose practically like human hands, from taking a bath, grabbing food, and cuddling.
Sometimes there’s something interestingly more to see.
4. The leopards
The beasts of the jungle. Fierce cats with sharp teeth and claws.
Don’t worry, they won’t post you any danger. Well, unless they manages to get out from the cage and sneak from your back.
5. The giraffes
Look at this gentle creature. Tall and graceful. It loves the cat.
The huge structures behind the giraffe is the place where the zoo keeps the giraffes during the night.
5. The gorillas
The gorillas live in The Pusat Primata Schmutzer or Schmutzer Primate Center. To see them you have to pay an entrance ticket into the facility.
Exploring the whole place may take 3+ hours, thus it is advisable for you to visit the place as the last destination, maybe an hour before you leave.
Further information regarding the facility is available below.
For the current Pusat Primata Schmutzer ticket price, please visit Ragunan Zoo Official Website.
7 tips to increase your fun experience on Ragunan Zoo
1. Get the zoo map from the Pusat Informasi / Information Centre
It would be much easier to find your way around if you had a map that always available when you need it.
At the Information Centre there may not always be a man around, but try to look at the desk. You might find some brochures saying “Peta Ragunan – Ragunan Zoo Map”
2. Get on a tour train
For the current price please check Ragunan Zoo Official Website.
The tour takes around 15-20 minutes. This would give you the big picture of the zoo areas.
3. Bring your own food
If Indonesian food doesn’t fit your taste, you might want to consider to bring your own food.
Exploring the zoo will consume a lot of energy. You’ll be surely hungry after a couple of hours of walking around, especially when it’s near lunchtime.
There are a lot locations at the zoo where you can rest your feet and enjoy a good meal.
If you want to, you can eat on the ground on a mat in the picnic area surrounded by green shady trees or at the lake side.
You can buy the mat outside the zoo for merely around Rp. 5,000. Or you can go to the Reflection Park and sit on one of the available benches.
The Reflection Park is located on the center of the zoo.
4. Bring an umbrella
Ragunan Zoo is an open field. You never know when the weather would rain. If you have an umbrella with you, you can still move around from one place to another.
5. Bring handkerchief
This may sound not important, but you could be quite sweaty walking around. Besides the zoo land isn’t always even, sometimes it’s hilly.
6. Try some Ragunan Activities
There might be certain activities you might want to try, such as:
Riding on a camel
This could be a nice experience if you bring your kids with you.
7. Visit the zoo on holidays
The reason is because the zoo is much more alive on holidays. There will be more people and activities.
You won’t see food vendors, such as a Kerak Telor Vendor like this one on normal days.
Kerak telor is a Betawi traditional spicy omelette dish in Indonesian cuisine. It is made from glutinous rice cooked with egg and served with serundeng, fried shallots and dried shrimp as topping. It is considered as a snack and not as a main dish.
Ragunan Zoo has several facilities, such as:
The Schmutzer Primate Center / Pusat Primata Schmutzer
This facility was a gift from Pauline Antoinette Adeline Schmutzer and Gibbon Foundation to show their concern on the conservation of wild animals, especially primates.
In this place you’ll be able to see orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzes, and rare species of primates from Indonesia and other countries.
Exploring the whole area may take 3+ hours of your time alone.
The stairs as you see on the photo above will lead to a bridge where you can look gorillas from above. But it may not be easy to spot them, though.
To be able to see the animals you need to ‘hunt’ them. This place is big, but the number of animals doesn’t seem as comparable as the size of this facility. For example there’s an Orangutan Tunnel where you should be able to see orangutans from behind glass windows, but you need to search for them from one window to another to be able to see them.
Here are some examples of the primates you might encounter:
Beside the stairs there’s Pusat Pendidikan Primata / The Primate Education Centre.
Inside there’s a small library, information posters about the world of primates on the wall
The Children Zoo
As mentioned before the highlight of this facility is its giant fishes.
Along with the other animals
Some other photos
The Reflection Park
Reflection park is located at the center of Ragunan Zoo. The Schmutzer Primate Center is just nearby.
This is a great place to rest and maybe eat your lunch. There are benches where you can sit and rest your feet after a long walking.
Near The Reflection Park there’s also a small playground for children. .
Here you may find other information you may need.
How much is the ticket and how to pay
The entrance ticket currently cost Rp. 4.000 for an adult and Rp. 3.000 for a child.
For the complete price list of facilities and activites inside Ragunan Zoo, please visit Ragunan Zoo Official Website.
To enter the zoo first you need to buy a Jakcard, if you don’t have one already. You can buy one for:
- Rp.30,000 for Rp.20,000 worth of deposit
- Rp. 50,000 for Rp.50,000 worth of deposit
At the entrance gate you just need to tap the card, then you can pass through the rolling door.
This card has no expiration date and you can use it to ride on Trasnjakarta Bus too, and other venues accepting Jakcard.
If the card is low on deposit, you can top it up again.
This system is deployed to increase visitor’s comfort by avoiding long lines due the need of purchasing the entrance ticket using cash money.
How to get to Ragunan Zoo
Here are the list of the public transportations available:
- Kopaja No. 68, Kp. Melayu – Ragunan route
- Kopaja no. 612, Kp. Melayu – Ragunan route
- Kopaja No. 19, Tn. Abang – Ragunan route
- Kopaja No. 602, Tn. Abang – Ragunan route
- Kopaja No. 605A, Blok M – Ragunan route
- Kopaja AC No. S-602, Monas – Ragunan route
- Kopaja AC No. S-13, Grogol – Ragunan
- Metro mini no. 77, Blok M – Ragunan
- Koperasi Wahana Kalpika (KWK) S.15, TMII – Ragunan route
- Transjakata Koridor 6,Dukuh Atas 2 – Ragunan route
- Trasnjakarta Koridor 6A, Monas – Ragunan route
Ragunan Bus Terminal
In case you want to know how Ragunan Bus Terminal looks like.
The zoo was established in September 19th, 1864 in Batavia (Jakarta city’s old name) with the name of “Planten en Dierentuin” and operated by the Association of Flora & Fauna Lover at Batavia (Culture Vereneging Planten en Dierentuin et Batavia).
The zoo stood on a land area of 10 acres on Jalan Cikini Raya 73. It was a granted by Raden Saleh, an Indonesian famous painter at the time.
After Indonesian gained independence, in 1949 the name was changed to Kebun Binatang Cikini / Cikini Zoo.
After time the location had become insufficient as a zoo. The local government of DKI Jakarta during Dr. Soemarmo governance, a committe was established to move the zoo from Jalan Cikini Raya 73 to Ragunan, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta that lead by T.H.E.W Umboh, DVM.
Jakarta’s Goverment granted 30 hectare area at Ragunan, Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta around 20 km far from central of the city.
The relocation from Cikini to Ragunan moved more than 450 species of Cikini Zoo collections.
Officially the zoo was reopned at June 22nd, 1966 by the Governour of Capital Jakarta Mayor Jenderal Ali Sadikin with the name of Taman Margasatwa Ragunan.
In 1974 Taman Margasatwa Ragunan was lead by the first director of Mr. Benjamín Gaulstaun.
Ragunan Zoo changed its name several times:
- In 1983 – Badan Pengelola Kebun Binatang (BLUD)
- In 2001 – Kantor Taman Margasatwa Ragunan
- In 2009 – UPT ( Unit Pelayanan Teknis ) Taman Margasatwa Ragunan
- In 2010 – BLUD ( Badan Layanan Umum Daerah ) Taman Margasatwa Ragunan.
The current area of Taman Margasatwa Ragunan reached 147 hectare over 2101 animals with 220 different species.