The Schmutzer Primate Center is one of the largest in the world and houses many different primate species amongst which gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans. The facilities are designed in innovative ways where the animals can decide whether to be seen or not and where natural food is growing in the enclosures, the only place in the world where this is the case.
The Schmutzer Primate Centre, Ragunan (Source : latinamericanstudies.org)
The primate center is constructed in such a way that it offers new ways of looking at the animals. For instance a seven meter high bridge crosses part of the gorilla enclosure, a very long tunnel guides you through the world of orangutans and swinging canopy bridges provide you with a feeling how feels to be living in the trees. In its short existence the center has reaped much praise for its very large enclosures and natural design. Several young animals were already born here.
Schmutzer Primate Centre (Source : panoramio.com)
The Center intends to contribute to the wild population by sending groups of healthy apes and monkeys back to the wild to be released there. The primate center opens seven days a week from 09.00 till 16.30. Entrance costs Rp 5.000 for adults and Rp 3.000 for children.
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In The Schmutzer Primate Center there are many souvenirs of primates on t-shirt, there are monkey dolls, hats, and many other souvenirs.
The Schmutzer Primate Center area is inside The Ragunan Zoo, so you can see other animals beside Primates in The Ragunan Zoo.
Walk a seven meter high bridge over part of the gorilla enclosure, then a long tunnel guides you through the world of orangutans, while swinging canopy bridges will provide you with a feeling of how it is to be living in the trees.
There are many domestic and international flights into Jakarta. From your hotel you can take a taxi, bus, or rent car to reach The Ragunan Zoo. The Schmutzer Primate Center area is located inside The Ragunan Zoo.
• You can not bring food or drink inside the Schmutzer Primate Center.
• You are not allowed to feed the animals
For more information about the Schmutzer Primate Center and the activities of BOS (The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation) please visit their website: www.savetheorangutan.info
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