Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Bali Zoo

Yes, Bali Zoo. The Island of Gods, which has been ranked as the second best island on the planet to Travel by Travel + Leisure in 2002, has a zoo which has opened in 2002 as the island’s first and only Balinese-owned zoological park. But many go to Bali without knowing that there is a Zoo on the island. It is a great zoo and it has recently received The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2012 for the exceptional traveller ratings over the past year. TripAdvisor has awarded Bali Zoo the prestigious Certificate of Excellence award, recognizing our 4 rating as an exceptional achievement.

Bali Zoo lies on 22 acres of lush landscape in the art village of Singapadu and is home to a diverse collection of more than 350 exotic animals a majority of which are indigenous to Indonesia, including rare and endangered species such as the Sumatran Elephant, Sumatran Tiger, Orangutan, Sun Bear and Binturong.

How to get to Bali Zoo?
Bali Zoo is located in Singapadu Village, Sukawati District, Gianyar, Bali. It is an art-village as the home of well known Balinese artists. Bali Zoo can be easily reached. It is quite close to Denpasar capital city and the other popular tourists activities centre such Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Ubud. It takes about 20 minutes from Denpasar or  45 minutes from Ngurah Rai Airport by Taxi or Tour Bus. The zoo is open daily from 09.00 AM to 06.00 PM (except for Nyepi Day) and on Wednesday & Saturday it is open from 09.00 AM to 09.30 PM.

Bali Zoo Ticket Prices
Admission to Bali Zoo is US $24 for adults, US $12 for children. There is a Family Ticket which costs US $65.

Bali Zoo Sumatran Tiger
Sumatran Tiger  is indigenous to Indonesia and it is a rare and endangered species.
Things to do in Bali Zoo

Elephant Expedition - Bali Zoo’s Gentle Giants, herd of Sumatran elephants hails from Palembang, Sumatra, offers a comfortable bench seat ride perched atop one of zoo's Sumatran elephants and you’ll be driven by an experienced mahouts through a scenic pathway that winds through parts of the zoo then outside the park where you can see where our elephants sleep and bathe.

Animal Encounters -  You can sit up close and personal with tame tiger cubs, crocodiles, binturongs, pythons, elephants and lions and take unique photos with them. Daily session from 1pm and 4pm in the restaurant.

Bali Zoo Elephants
Bali Zoo Elephant Expedition

A Night At The Zoo - As sun settles, many animals become active so a night safari in Bali Zoo is a much more different experience than a day visit. The Zoo describes the experience:
"Begin the evening’s escapade at the Bali Zoo with our elephant encounters and feeding experience. You’ll meet our gentle pachyderms and see how it feels to actually feed these amazing mammals by hand. Then head over to our restaurant for a petting and photo session with our tame Borneo bear cat, scaly python and even a Sumatran Sinyulong freshwater crocodile. Continue your tour with a guided walk through the Bali Zoo in which your senses will come alive to the natural sights and sounds of our tropical menagerie at night followed by a dramatic fire dance performance to entertain you before dinner. Your special evening concludes with a sit down al fresco feast under the stars next to our open-air lion enclosure where you’ll be dining only a few meters from our resident king of the jungle and his pride of adorable lion cubs." Source : Bali Zoo
Mahout For A Day - If riding on the top of a gentle giant with an experienced mahout is not enough, you can command the largest land animal on earth. You can learn up close and personal what it takes to care for a Sumatran elephant for a day in Bali Zoo.

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