Location: Jl. Botanical Gardens No.2, Rejowinangun, Kec. Kotagede, Yogyakarta City 55171
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Open and close: 07.30 – 17.30
Telephone: 0274 373861
Price of admission
- Ordinary Day Monday – Friday: Rp. 30,000
- Saturday, Sunday, National Holiday: IDR 35,000
- Eid al-Fitr / Eid: IDR 40,000
- Children under 3 years old are not charged a ticket or free
Vacation with family can be one of the fun activities, especially during the holidays or weekends.
There are many options that can be visited with the family to relax and spend time together.
The zoo can also be one of the right tourist destinations to invite children and siblings to vacation together.
If you live in Jakarta, maybe visiting Taman Safari or Ragunan Zoo could be an option.
Meanwhile, if you are on vacation in the city of Jogjakarta students, don’t forget to visit Gembira Loka, this one tourist area can also provide its own fun and uniqueness.
In addition to having many animals that are bred, Gembira Loka Zoo also offers a variety of interesting shows and attractions that are too bad to miss.
A brief History
At first the Gembira Loka Botanical Garden and Zoo were built on the idea and also the initiative of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono VIII in 1933.
At that time the Sultan wanted an entertainment place in Jogjakarta that was able to provide entertainment to the people of Jogja in general.
The zoo and botanical garden were originally named Rojo Gardens. The idea of the VIII Sultan was finally continued during the reign of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX who was assisted by Ir. Karsten, a well-known architect from the Netherlands.
Ir. Karsten finally chose the area west of the Winongo river because this area was ideal and suitable for the development of the Rojo Garden.
Unfortunately, the development process had to be delayed due to World War II which caused Jogjakarta to have a new invader, namely Japan.
After the independence process and the selection of Yogyakarta as the capital of Indonesia, the intention to continue development was sparked.
Finally, it was only realized again in 1949 after World War II was over and the capital returned to Jakarta.
The Indonesian government took part in providing mementos to the people of Yogyakarta by presenting people’s entertainment venues that could give satisfaction and this idea was pioneered by Januismadi and his colleague Hadi, SH.
Unfortunately, this idea cannot be realized immediately to spoil the people of Yogyakarta.
In accordance with the notary deed of RM. Wiranto No. 11 dated September 10, 1953, which was then led by Sri Paduka KGPAA Paku Alam VIII in 1953, finally became the starting point for the establishment of the Gembira Loka Yogyakarta Foundation.
And in 1959 KGPAA Paku Alam VIII finally decided to step down and appointed Tirtowinoto to continue the process of building the Gembira Loka Zoo.
And in 1978 under the leadership of Tirtowinoto, finally Gembira Loka has a complete collection of animals and is now one of the entertainment venues for the people of Jogja.
The Gembira Loka tourist area has provided a variety of complete facilities. Apart from toilets, parking areas, prayer rooms, tourists can also try some recreational rides that are no less interesting.
One of them that can be tried is the Catamaran Boat. This vehicle will invite tourists around a large artificial lake.
Apart from exploring the lake, tourists are also invited to tour the Mayang Tirta area which has the shape of a large ship.
Mayang Tirta is one of the entertainment and performance stage facilities used to entertain visitors at Gembira Loka.
To get on the Catamaran Boat, tourists must pay a ticket of 10 thousand.
Other recreational facilities that can be tried are Speed boat, a facility that will invite visitors around the lake using a fast boat.
Capacity Speed boat this is only 4 people including the guide. Each visitor will be given a buoy to provide security guarantees while traveling around the zoo’s tourist area.
To be able to enjoy these facilities, visitors are only charged around 20 per person.
Other facilities that are still related to the lake are Bumper Boat. This ship-type vehicle only contains 2 people and uses an engine.
The visitors will be given buoys and taken to go around the lake.
Different from Speed Boat, Bumper Boat relatively slower and not too tight. The rides are specifically for visitors who want to relax with their partner. Enough to pay 20 thousand to ride it.
Amenities Scooter Water can also be tried. Just pay 20 thousand, the visitors can try it.
The way of operation is not much different from Jet Ski it’s just not too fast so it’s very safe for children.
Want to try Banana Boat ? In Gembira Loka there are also these facilities. It’s just the name Banana Orca Boat and the shape is not a banana but a whale.
Capacity Banana Orca Boat this is only for 4 people. Just pay 20 thousand to enjoy these rides.
While the Paddle Boat facility is also available on this artificial lake in Gembira Loka. To ride this vehicle, it is enough to pay a ticket of 20 thousand.
This paddle boat has a shape like a swan, very attractive and suitable for visitors who come with family or partners.
Especially with the atmosphere around the lake which is quite attractive and the animal enclosure area at Gembira Loka is also an attraction here.
For those who want to relax for a while, you can head to the Fish Therapy area. The ticket to enter this area is only 20 thousand.
Here the visitors will be given a foot massage therapy and the ones that are massaging are cute and adorable little fish. The sensation of tingling and deliciousness combined into one when trying it.
For visitors who bring children, the fishing pond area can be one of the most enjoyable places.
Here, children visitors can freely catch ornamental fish in the pond.
This pool with a depth of about 30 cm is perfect for children. In addition, by paying a ticket, only 10,000 can bring home the ornamental fish that are caught here.
Want to experience like in the Middle East? Well, the Onta Tunggang ride is also worth a try. Visitors can ride the camel by paying a ticket of only 20 thousand.
Besides Camel Tunggang, Gajah Tunggang is also one of the rides that you can try at Gembira Loka.
The visitors will ride an elephant and tour around the arena that has been provided in the tourist area of the Gembira Loka Zoo. The ticket price itself is around 20 thousand per person.
Touch Pool is also available in this tourist area. Visitors can invite the children to touch the turtles and other marine animals that are already available in the pool.
And what’s interesting is that this vehicle is free of charge or free. So tourists can touch various animals freely.
Apart from rides and game facilities, tourists can also enjoy various cute and thrilling animal attractions.
One of them is reptile attraction. In this area, visitors can see small crocodiles and pythons up close.
No need to be afraid of these animals. The reason is, the animals here are very tame and harmless.
Visitors can see and take pictures with the young crocodiles and can also hold them while a python can be worn around the neck.
Feel the thrilling sensation as the python slithers around the neck and shoulders. There is no need to be afraid, because the handlers will always be ready to guard if something dangerous happens.
Apart from crocodiles and pythons, tourists can also see various types of turtles and iguanas here.
Other attractions that can be seen are Feeding Time or feeding time. Usually done between 10:30 and 13:00.
Here visitors can see how the handlers at Gembira Loka feed tigers, Arapaima, snakes and black shoots.
For this animal, tourists must not come near. Can only see from afar. Because some of them are quite dangerous and wild.
Other shows can also be seen at the Animal Title attraction. Here, tourists can see a variety of animals such as sun bears, yellow-crested parrots, linsang to orangutans.
They show lined up, ride bicycles to sing and are ready to pamper the tourists who have a vacation here. No need to pay for tickets again to see these shows.
Of course, this attraction can be immortalized in the form of photos, videos and pictures as a memento. Moreover, the Gembira Loka manager does not prohibit tourists from taking photos
Wildlife and Conservation Parks
In addition to various rides and attractions, Taman Satwa should not be left behind when visiting the Gembira Loka tourist area
Here, visitors can see various animals that live in Gembira Loka from tigers, lions, elephants, orangutans, penguins, snakes to bears and crocodiles.
The visitors can see closely how they live in the existing cages.
While Zoo Museum become one of the conservation areas in the zoo.
Here, visitors will get information and knowledge about the history of the animals in Gembira Loka from the beginning of development to the present.
The Botanical Garden is also one of the conservation areas that tourists can visit.
Here, visitors will be given education to gain insight into the world of flora, both about biotechnology, research, genetic reserves, cultivation and also education. Everything is presented in full around the Botanical Gardens.
In the Botanical Gardens it is also available Herbarium, a container for various types of dead plants used for research and educational facilities for Gembira Loka visitors.
And this is the function of the conservation area around the Gembira Loka Zoo.
Route to Location
The address of Gembira Loka Zoo is in the Rejowinangun area. The access is quite easy from downtown Jogja.
To visit it, tourists can use private vehicles or public transportation.
For public transportation, you can use Trans Jogja which departs from Giwangan Terminal directly to the bus stop in front of Gembira Loka. It only takes about 20 minutes.
If writing can access Google map which provides a complete plan of access to Gembira Loka.
Meanwhile, if you use a private vehicle, you can get through access ring road east which is heading west. After that pass the Wonocatur road. From here there is a large bridge and Gembira Loka is right nearby.
Meanwhile, if you depart from the direction of Malioboro, tourists can turn left to the Indonesian Post Office. Go straight for about 6 km. Gembira Loka is on the right side of the road.