This post is a photo collection from my visit to Taman Safari in Bogor, Indonesia.
It wasn’t that long ago since I last visited a zoo (San Diego Zoo). I might be a bit biased, but my Taman Safari experience had been much more memorable than what I had in San Diego. Yes, I’m biased that this is my country, but it’s way beyond that. Fact is, cars are
allowed encouraged to enter the territory, so visitors are able to get intimate with the animals while staying within the safety of their personal vehicles.
Taman Safari may have less variety of animal species to look out for, but they provide a 100% natural environment for the animals to reside, with a bit of artificial props here and there for them to play. I’ve seen close to none that are caged or locked in solitary confinements (except for dangerous ones, of course, namely the big cats).
When a whole zoo is situated on a mountain, naturally its premises are a treasure-trove of faunas, consciously preserved, to let the animals behave the way Mother Nature intended them to. All the animals look happy and healthy.
I’ve been to about three zoos in the States – San Diego, San Francisco, and New York (Central Park). Most, if not all, only offer artificial settings for their animals. At Taman Safari, every flora and fauna I lay my eyes on are practically virgins. Even the soil they grow on, the same grounds we walk on, aren’t man-made. They’re all part of a larger bedrock that is Mount Arjuno, the base of these natural habitats. Dunes and valleys of the stratovolcano also provide a magnificent background of volcanic complex that can be seen stretching throughout the zoo perimeter, erecting almost as high as 20,000 feet.
I came here by chance on 19 August 2012, a date to celebrate our 14 months together as a couple with my boyfriend. It was extremely fun and we had a great time – you can actually tell just by looking at the pictures after I’m done babbling here.
This will be my first official photography post where I embed words to my pictures and, in this case, fun captions, just to make the storytelling funnier than the usual wordless slideshows :) I hope you’ll enjoy the ride as much as I did!
Looking at you looking at me
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Baby hippos and more babies