It was more than 4,000 years ago when Noah built an ark to escape from the Great Flood. He collected all types of fish, birds and land animals that he could find and placed them inside the arc. The flood indeed happened and covered all lands and mountains on earth. When the flood subsided, the ark eventually landed in a zoo located in Batu, a small town in the high plateau of Mount Panderman. Located in the eastern part of Java island in Indonesia, this secret zoo lies around 1,000 meters above sea level!
A secret zoo?
Welcome to Batu Secret Zoo and be the witness of Noah’s collection of animals. Experience living in the Noah’s era where all kinds of animals have just been released from the arc! Haha! It may sound exaggerated, but that’s the theme of the zoo, as here’s where you will find the Noah’s ark. These exotic animals must have come from faraway lands to this gorgeous site for one main reason: to let us witness the world’s diverse fauna and understand the importance of protecting them, just like what Noah did some millennia ago.
The entrance ticket is 75000 IDR (around 5.65 USD) per person for weekdays and the weekend rate is 105,000 IDR (around 8 USD, for Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Entrance is free for children who are below the height of 85 cm. Please note that during peak seasons (i.e.: public and school holidays), the weekend rates also applies for weekdays.
Together with museum satwa (fauna museum), Batu Secret Zoo is a part of Jatim Park 2. In here, you will see various animals from all the five continents of the earth living in the man-made environment that was made to be similar to their natural habitat. Batu’s cool tropical climate and year-round sunshine have made the zoo ideal homes for the animals. It has become one of the most livable man-made animal sanctuaries on the planet.
The animals are classified into several different categories where each category takes place in separate places along the exploration route. The zoo provides separate habitats for reptiles, bats and fishes in aquariums (Batu Secret Zoo A area), the ungulates such as wildebeests and zebras (savannah area), small animals like rabbits (Kampung Afrika or African village area), baby elephants (elephant village area), tiger (Tiger Land area) and also a separate area for birds, turtles and tortoises, primates as well as hippopotamuses and crocodiles.
Interacting with a tiger
Do something unforgettable and interact with some tigers and snakes. If you have the nerve, you may try to touch a tiger or a snake! Wait! There is no reason to panic, as not a single straight-walking primates has been hurt or eaten by them (yet)! They are tame and have been domesticated, but you need to interact with extra caution. After all, they still have the innate predatory instinct!
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Why is it called a secret zoo?
The reason lies in the constant mystery, fun and surprises that visitors will experience when exploring this 14-hectare land area of Batu secret zoo. Visitors just cannot stop wondering what lies ahead. It can take roughly three hours to explore the whole area by foot. Renting an electric bike for 105,000 IDR (approximately 8 USD) will help you to save some time.
Inside Batu Secret Zoo, there is a Fantasy Land that features a swimming pool and water games. Also, there is an activity named river adventure where you can see some orangutans living in their habitat.
After touring the zoo, continue your exotic journey to the “fauna museum”. In here, you will admire its beautiful replica collections of animal skeletons including those of the butterflies and dinosaurs.
Only in Batu
This model of zoo is called modern zoo, which is the only one in Indonesia and that makes Batu Secret Zoo truly worth visiting. If you visit East Java, this is a must-visit attraction for you and your family. It is just 2 to 3-hour drive from the province’s capital city of Surabaya, which is about the same distance to the famous Mount Bromo. It is only about 30-minute drive from Malang city, the second largest city in East Java.
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