Indonesia’s oldest zoo reopened on Saturday, however to a fraction of the conventional variety of guests, after being pressured to shut greater than three months in the past because of the Corona Virus pandemic.
The 156-year-old Ragunan Zoo, positioned within the capital Jakarta, is residence to greater than 2,200 animals, together with lots of the nation’s endangered species.
The zoo launched precautionary measures to reopen, together with a 1,000 a day restrict on customer numbers, markers to make sure social distancing, and well being protocols.
“We are requiring individuals to make use of masks and never permitting pregnant ladies, youngsters 9 and underneath, or the aged to go to,” zoo spokesperson I Ketut Widarsana informed Reuters.
Visitors mentioned they had been excited in regards to the reopening and had been nervous in regards to the zoo’s survival.
“During COVID-19, the zoo had no revenue from guests, so I wished to come back to assist it,” Kusmana, who makes use of one identify, informed Reuters.
Others, corresponding to Jakarta resident Budi Henry, mentioned he and his spouse felt safer within the open-air zoo than at indoor sights and malls.
The zoo is owned by the native authorities and Widarsana mentioned the animals had remained in good well being and been carefully cared for throughout the closure.
Some of Indonesia’s smaller zoos have struggled to feed their animals throughout the pandemic. The Indonesian Zoo Association mentioned in April that almost all of the nation’s zoos couldn’t afford animal feed.
Indonesia reported 1,226 new Corona Virus infections on Saturday, with 180 circumstances within the capital, bringing the nation’s complete variety of circumstances to 45,029.