Baby Bornean orangutan rescued after being kept as a pet

Baby primate Vena shyly turned her head away from a bottle as two vets tried to feed her, the latest Bornean orangutan rescued in Indonesia after being kept as a pet Villagers on the Indonesian part of jungle-clad Borneo island often keep the critically endangered apes as pets even though the practice is illegal Wildlife officials and environmentalists rescued seven-month-old Vena earlier in February from...

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Viral video of students beheading a chicken during bloody protest against Jokowi now being investigated by police

  One of the strongest signs that Indonesia is now a true democracy is that freedom of speech, especially the freedom to criticize our leaders, is protected by the...

Viral video of students beheading a chicken during bloody protest against Jokowi now being investigated by police

Police arrest plantation workers suspected of brutally killing and eating Bornean orangutan

A critically endangered Bornean orangutan has been shot dead, hacked to pieces and eaten by workers after straying onto an Indonesian palm oil plantation, police and activists...

Police arrest plantation workers suspected of brutally killing and eating Bornean orangutan

WATCH: What happened to Jakarta’s dancing monkeys (topeng monyet) after the practice was banned in 2013?

The cruel entertainment known as topeng monyet (literally masked monkey, in reference to the disturbing doll head masks they are often forced to wear) was not so long ago a common...

WATCH: What happened to Jakarta’s dancing monkeys (topeng monyet) after the practice was banned in 2013?

Javan leopard sighting in Indonesian national park raises hopes for critically endangered big cat

Four Javan leopards have been spotted in an Indonesian national park where they were previously thought to have died out, raising hopes for the future of the rare big cat The...

These endangered slow lorises seem really happy to have been rescued from the clutches of wildlife traffickers

A group of 27 endangered slow lorises have a much brighter future ahead of them after being rescued from illegal wildlife traffickers in West Java over the...

These endangered slow lorises seem really happy to have been rescued from the clutches of wildlife traffickers

Baby elephant rescued near palm oil plantation in Aceh

A baby elephant found terrified and malnourished near a palm oil plantation is being nursed back to health at a conservation center on Indonesia's Sumatra island Last week,...

Baby elephant rescued near palm oil plantation in Aceh

Activists demand closure of Bandung Zoo after shocking footage of starving sun bears begging for food goes viral

The infamous Surabaya “Zoo of Death” is unfortunately far from the only animal facility in Indonesia facing charges of horribly mistreating the creatures in its care This...

Activists demand closure of Bandung Zoo after shocking footage of starving sun bears begging for food goes viral

Mall restaurant featuring live penguins protested by animal rights activists 

Penguins are ridiculously cute creatures and many Jakartans would be thrilled to get an up-close look at them But is that any justification for keeping them inside an enclosure...

Mall restaurant featuring live penguins protested by animal rights activists 

Sumatran tiger mauls Indonesian man to death

A Sumatran tiger has mauled an Indonesian man to death in a national park, in a brutal attack that left the victim with bite marks all over his body, officials said...

Sumatran tiger mauls Indonesian man to death

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Jakarta is chock-full of human civilization with barely any open space or green space despite being a city located in a tropical environment. As such, wild animals rarely roam the capital, save for the numerous stray cats, rats, and deserted pet dogs. Also mosquitoes. Lots and lots of mosquitoes. That said, Jakarta does have one of the biggest zoos in Indonesia, the Ragunan Zoo. The zoo, which is funded and maintained by the Jakarta Provincial Government, possesses a respectable variety of animals, but critics have pointed out that its facilities are not properly maintained and that some of the animals could be better taken care of. In addition to Ragunan, there’s Taman Safari in Puncak, a holiday destination up on the mountains of Bogor, Jakarta’s satellite city. Taman Safari is a nationally renowned fauna park, and is home to creatures from all over the world. Despite its good reputation, Taman Safari has also been criticized in the past for their handling of their animals, with many suspecting that many of the animals in the park are underfed.