IO – Gembira Loka Zoo Yogyakarta is now open, after temporarily being
closed, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and mobility restrictions. As of this writing, only visitors above 12 years of age are allowed to enter the zoo.
Gembira Loka Zoo management has launched a new program, Sports Zoo. Not only can visitors enjoy the sight of nature and animals in their habitat, but they can also have relaxing walks, engage in exercises, and go cycling.
The zoo offers interaction with animals, cycling along bike paths, feeding the animals, and enjoying cool fresh air under the leafy green trees.
Mountain bikers can also explore the “city forest” inside the zoo. Marketing Manager of Gembira Loka Zoo, Yosi Hermawan, explained that the Sports Zoo program was inspired by the rise of active living and outdoor physical activities during the pandemic. Yosi highlighted that the Gembira Loka Zoo is an attractive choice for both locals and tourists to engage in outdoor sports, mainly for its spacious area (up to 20 hectares).
Visitors can do all sports with outdoor facilities,” said Yosi at Gembira Loka, Yogyakarta, Thursday (10/7/2021). The Sports Zoo program is on the weekends, every Saturday and Sunday, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. “Regular zoo visits start at 10, so there is a break time for visitor changes,” he explained.
For only IDR 100,000 per ticket, visitors get to enter the zoo and ride a rent-free bike and only IDR 75,000 if you provide your own. The ticket includes boat paddling in the lake, zoo train ride tickets, and breakfast at the zoo cafe (within a day reservation only).
Although the zoo was temporarily closed, the animals are still well-cared for. The management treated the animals well despite no visitations. (Mia)