Indonesia is the 4th most populated country in the world with more than 250.000.000 people --- There are 316 ethnic groups which speak 670 dialects in Indonesia --- There are 17.508 islands in Indonesia, which is the largest Archipelago in the world and only 6.000 of them have a name with only 1.000 are inhabited --- If you could spend only 1 day on each island of Indonesia, you would need 48 years to see all of them? (Transportation between islands not counted) --- Indonesia has the longest coastline in the world, with 100.000 kms long --- Indonesia is probably the last country in the world, which has still unexplored territories, and is not completly mapped? (specially around Irian Jaya) --- There are about 400 volcanoes in Indonesia, and 150 out of them are active, which represents 75% of all active volcano on the planet

16.12.08

Travelling to Jakarta - Jakarta Wonder No. 1

Schmutzer Primates Centre

Text by Sari Widiati Photos by Yoppy Pieter


This is one of the best animal attractions in Jakarta, and also plays an important role in conserving Indonesia's primates. Located within the Ragunan Zoo in a 13-hectare complex, the concept is an "open zoo," where the protected creatures live as if in their original habitat.


The Schmutzer Primate Center was opened on 22 August 2002, realizing the dreams of a primate enthusiast, Mrs. Pauline Antoinette Adeline Schmutzer Versteegh through the Gibbon Foundation, with the aims of conserving primate species while both educating and entertaining visitors.

The collection comprises around 190 creatures of 21 species, both Indonesian and foreign, ranging in size from the huge gorilla down to the tiny tarsier including Orang Utan from Kalimantan. The Primate Center is one of the few zoos in Asia that maintains any gorillas. It's also home to the world's second oldest chimpanzee, now aged 63.

The primate center is full of greenery, and the space is allocated very attractively. The education center presents complete information on the primates, including photos, with a very orderly layout. The open area includes special spaces where the primates can display their behavior, large cages for primate groups, a canopy for visitors who wish to observe the primates from a height of 15 meters, and a 250-meter orangutan tunnel.

Of course, visitors must obey certain rules to protect the comfort of both visitors and the "residents" who are found in nearly every corner of the area.

Pusat Primata Schmutzer
Jl. Harjono RM No. 1
Ragunan, Jakarta 12550
T. (62 21) 780 6975
F. (62 21) 780 5280

2 Komentar:

ChrisY said...

We only have three orongutans and three chimpanzees in our Zoo Negara. Just hope I can have the chance to visit this The Schmutzer Primate Center.

Indoman said...

Well, I hope you will get that chance....

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