Bali Zoo: Review, Prices & Photos

A zoo is a zoo, right? Once you’ve seen one, haven’t you seen them all? Not necessarily true with the Bali Zoo!

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 relevant to anyone traveling in this part of the world.

It also happens to be a pretty good zoo in its own right. This travel guide will explain how to get there, and everything you need to know before you go!

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Visiting The Bali Zoo

I’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, lions, sun bears, and much more. As of 2019, the zoo is also expanding, with some African savanna animals and attractions due to be added in 2020.

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.

Red and orange colored parrot sitting on a tree branch at the Bali Zoo
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My woman standing at the entrance to the tiger exhibit in the Bali Zoo
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Scary looking alligator statue at the Bali Zoo
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Big alligator statue near the zoo entrance. Looks real!

A brown deer with antlers at the Bali Zoo
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Happy tourists taking an elephant ride at the Bali Zoo
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Animal Encounters & Extra Activities

The Bali Zoo has lots of “animal encounters” where you can interact with the animals. This includes the elephants, orangutans, 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 your own pics if you want.

Breakfast With Orangutans

One of the special attractions 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.

There were 2 orangutans, 2 elephants, a few tropical birds, and one pangolin (a mammal from Java).

This sounds like a recipe for pure chaos, but everything is handled professionally by the zoo staff, and the dining area has plenty of space for the animals and people.

The breakfast is a big buffet with a wide selection of fruit, pancakes, omelettes, bacon, sausages, and much more. Everything was very fresh.

My woman being teased by an orangutan at the Bali Zoo
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Orangutan playing with my woman at the Bali Zoo
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Little kids holding a colorful red parrot at the Bali Zoo
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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 face of a Javan Rusa deer with big antlers at the Bali Zoo
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Javan Rusa. They’re friendly and you can feed them.

The colorful face of a blue and yellow parrot at the Bali Zoo
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You can have your photo taken with tropical birds like this guy.


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.

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!

Green snake on a tree branch at the Bali Zoo
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Curious tiger in a glass exhibit at the Bali Zoo
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Ticket Prices

These are the ticket prices for tourists as of 2019. The prices for Indonesian locals are a bit lower.

  • Adults: 355k IDR ($25 USD)
  • Children: 229k IDR ($15 USD)
  • Extra Activities: Check the Bali Zoo website for the latest prices

Hours Of Operation

The hours of operation for the zoo are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

There are also lots of extra animal encounters and other activities scheduled throughout the day!

Colorful green parrot face at the Bali Zoo
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Cassowary bird sitting in the dirt at the Bali Zoo
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Lemur climbing a tree at the Bali Zoo
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Wallaby eating at the Bali Zoo
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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.

The best way to get there is to rent a scooter or hire a private car and driver (both of these can be booked online).

If you want to see the Bali Bird Park while you’re at it, that’s only about 5-10 minutes from the zoo!

Angry lizard at the Bali Zoo
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Purple parrot with a sharp beak at the Bali Zoo
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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.

We've used GetYourGuide for lots of tours and activities around the world, and they're great! Highly recommended.

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