A zoo is a zoo, right? Once you’ve seen one, haven’t you seen them all? Not necessarily.
The great thing about the Bali zoo is that it has a lot of animals native to Bali, Java, and the rest of Southeast Asia, so it’s relevant to anyone traveling in this part of the world.
It also happens to be a pretty good zoo in its own right.
I’ve been to the Bali zoo a couple of times now, and still haven’t seen everything. It’s not exactly huge, but there’s plenty to see. Birds, tigers, lions, sun bears, and much more. As of 2019, the zoo is also expanding, with some new animals and attractions due to be added soon.
You can see most of the zoo in a couple of hours, so what I generally do is book a driver for the whole day and then combine the zoo with other sightseeing trips in Bali. But if you want to do extra activities at the zoo (e.g. breakfast with the orangutans), then you could easily stay longer.
It’s also possible to book your zoo tickets online, with hotel transfers included; this should be the most economical way to do it if you’re not planning to go other places.
Animal Encounters & Extra Activities
The Bali Zoo has lots of “animal encounters” where you can interact with the animals. This includes the lemurs, deer, goats, rabbits, wallabies, and some of the exotic birds. Generally this means the animals have a big enclosure that you can walk through as a guest while the animals go about their business.
You can have your photo taken professionally with the tropical birds (extra charge), or it’s free to hold them and take a selfie if you want. But one of the main attractions is having breakfast with the orangutans or elephants. I haven’t done that yet, but it’s on my list!
One of my only gripes with the Bali Zoo is that they don’t have a better Komodo dragon exhibit. Especially with Bali being so close to their natural habitat, you would expect to see this covered better.
The zoo apparently has two of the Komodo dragons, but the exhibit for them could be improved, and I recall the dragons were totally absent at least one of the times I was there. Not everyone has time to hop over to the Komodo islands to see these!
Animal Treatment At The Bali Zoo
The animals at the Bali Zoo seem to be healthy and well treated. The zoo staff are friendly and helpful, and everything is kept pretty clean. You can interact with some of the animals, but none of the encounters are forced and some of the deer, wallabies and such are even free to roam around the zoo as they please (no roaming tigers, don’t worry).
The tigers have a big glass enclosure with good visibility. The lemurs have a big zone to hang out in, and you can walk through it freely, but they were super friendly and had plenty of room to come and go as they please.
All in all, I give the Bali Zoo a big thumbs up – lots of great animals and a good overall experience. If you have time for it, I think it’s a worthwhile addition to your Bali holiday!
General Admission/Ticket Prices
These are the ticket prices for tourists as of 2019. The prices for Indonesian locals are a bit lower.
How To Get To The Bali Zoo
The Bali Zoo is about 20 minutes from Ubud, 30 minutes from Sanur, or about 45-60 minutes from Canggu or Seminyak. If you want to see the Bali Bird Park while you’re at it, that’s only about 5-10 minutes from the zoo.
The hours of operation for the zoo are 9AM-5PM, but there are also lots of extra animal encounters and other activities scheduled throughout the day.