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Surabaya administration to reorganize the zoo with several parts

Surabaya (ANTARA) – The Surabaya City Government will work with other parties to revamp and develop the Surabaya Zoo (KBS) conservation agency.

Surabaya Mayor Eri Cahyadi said KBS is being reorganized to maintain its functions as a conservation institution as well as for educational and recreational purposes.

“KBS always strives to keep wild animals out of their habitat by breeding and rescuing plants or animals while maintaining the purity of the species,” he noted on Friday.

To support the redevelopment of KBS, the Government of Surabaya will use digital payment services (electronic ticketing) and collaborate with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Universitas Airlangga (Unair) to increase protection and focus on animal mental health .

“We will also work on animal development through branded loans, collaborate with other conservation institutions for animal welfare measures, release additional animals, and develop the KBS parking area by connecting KBS to the TJ/tunnel,” Cahyadi added.

Cahyadi said he received several contributions from the community, the Surabaya Regional House of Representatives (DPRD) and observers that KBS must remain one of the main attractions in Surabaya since it is one of the most major zoos in Southeast Asia.

“During these times, we agreed that no significant changes had been made to KBS. It looked cleaner and more comfortable, but there was nothing more,” he said.

Therefore, Cahyadi is keen for KBS to become an icon in the city center and its design to be in line with current trends as it sees new tourism opportunities for eastern Indonesia.

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“If the capital is moved to Kalimantan, then Surabaya must have an interesting place. I was wondering if it would be possible to build bridges in this zoo. People can see the animals from above, and the animals would roam freely .” he noted.

Cahyadi is optimistic that the plan will be implemented soon with the help of professionals. The mayor will invite the DPRD, the public, conservationists and animal watchers to lead a group discussion (FGD) on this issue.

Cahyadi stressed that KBS must become a strong magnet for change. He is optimistic that regional businesses (BUMD) will work with investors to transform KBS into a modern zoo without moving away from its history as a tourist spot.

“We are optimistic that we can provide an overview of the zoo to investors by February 2022. We need this because our regional budget (APBD) is limited,” he said.