A zoo is a zoo, and once you’ve seen one, you might think you’ve seen them all, but the Bali Zoo is a bit special and probably different from any other zoo you’ve visited!
The great thing about the Bali Zoo is that it has a lot of animals native to Bali, Java, and the rest of Indonesia and Southeast Asia, so it’s extra relevant for anyone traveling in this part of the world.
It also happens to be a pretty good zoo in its own right, so we decided to write this Bali zoo review after visiting it several times ourselves.
They even have some fun events where you can interact with the animals in a limited setting, such as the ‘breakfast with orangutans’ package, but everything seems to be well managed and ethically run.
This travel guide will explain where the Bali Zoo is, how to get there, current ticket prices, and everything else you need to know before you go!
Where To Stay
Our Bali Zoo Review: What To Expect
We’ve been to the Bali Zoo a few times now, and still haven’t seen everything.
It’s not exactly huge, but there’s plenty to see: birds, tigers, sun bears, all kinds of monkeys, and much more.
As of 2023, the zoo is also expanding, with a new African savanna section that features lions, meerkats, hyenas, and zebras. They’re also working on adding rhinos and giraffes.
You can see most of the zoo in a few 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.
Animal Encounters & Extra Activities
The Bali Zoo has lots of ‘animal encounters’ where you can interact with the animals. This includes the elephants, orangutans, gibbons, lemurs, deer, goats, rabbits, and wallabies.
Generally this means the animals have a big enclosure that you can walk through as a guest while the animals go about their business. It’s a bit reminiscent of Europe’s best zoos, and Dublin attractions like the national zoo, which houses over 400 animal species.
If you come during feeding time and pay a little extra, you can also help feed chunks of meat to the tigers and crocodiles (from a safe distance), so that’s fun too.
You can have your photo taken professionally with the tropical birds (extra charge), or it’s free to hold them and take your own pics if you want.
Breakfast With Orangutans
One of the special attractions at the Bali Zoo is to have breakfast with the orangutans and elephants.
We did this on our latest visit to the zoo, and it was a blast! It’s actually one of my favorite things at the whole zoo.
At our breakfast area, there were 2 orangutans, 2 elephants, a few tropical birds, a gibbon with its baby, and a pangolin (mammal from Java).
This sounds like a recipe for chaos, but everything is handled professionally by the zoo staff, and the dining area has plenty of space for the animals and people.
The animals won’t be literally sitting at the breakfast table with you, but they’re sitting nearby with some greens of their own to eat, and you can snap pictures before, during, and after your meal.
In 2022, the Bali Zoo welcomed its first baby orangutan, named Gandhi! He was 3 months old when we visited, so we got to see him at breakfast, although he was kept at a safe distance since the mother is still protective.
The breakfast is a big buffet with a wide selection of fruit, pancakes, rolls, omelets, bacon, sausages, rice, noodles, veggies, and more. For drink choices, you have natural fruit juice (orange or watermelon), coffee, tea, or water.
Everything at the breakfast buffet was very fresh and good, but the main highlight for us was seeing the baby orangutan!
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 they were totally absent every time I’ve been there.
Not everyone has time to hop over to the Komodo islands to see these!
The Bali Safari & Marine Park successfully bred more than a dozen baby Komodo dragons recently, so hopefully the Bali Zoo will start a similar program.
Komodo dragons are endangered in the wild, so this kind of project is great for conservation.
Animal Welfare 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 and ethical. We haven’t noticed mistreatment of any kind in our several visits to the zoo.
I know not everyone is a fan of zoos, but it’s undeniable that they play an important role in animal conservation via breeding, funding, education, and more.
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 and lions have big glass enclosures 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!
These are the ticket prices for tourists as of 2022. The prices for Indonesian locals are a bit lower.
- Adults: 355k IDR ($25 USD)
- Children: 250k IDR ($17 USD)
- Extra Activities: Check the Bali Zoo website for the latest prices
Hours Of Operation
The hours of operation for the Bali Zoo are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
If you do the breakfast with orangutans, it generally starts at about 7:30 AM, before the rest of the zoo is open to visitors, so your small group will have the place to yourselves for awhile.
There are also lots of extra animal encounters and other activities scheduled throughout the day!
Where Is The Bali Zoo? How To Get There
The Bali Zoo is located in the Sukawati area, halfway between Sanur and Ubud.
It’s a 20 minute drive from Ubud, 30 minutes from Sanur, or about 1 hour from Kuta, Seminyak, or Canggu.
If you want to see the Bali Bird Park while you’re at it, that’s only about 5-10 minutes from the zoo!
Bali Private Driver & Motorbike Rental
If you want to explore Bali in the comfort and safety of a private car with an English speaking driver, my top recommendation would be GetYourGuide.
Their price is 650k Rupiah ($45 USD) for a full day of driving and sightseeing in Bali (up to 10 hours) for 1-5 passengers. That's the total price for the whole car + driver + petrol! It's a great deal. They also offer affordable hotel transfers from the airport.
If you'd rather travel by motorbike, they have that too. Their scooter rentals start at 140k Rupiah (~$9) and include a helmet, rain coat, and free delivery in the south Bali area.
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