• By: Isa Villanen
  • Target: Consulate Surabaya, The Republic of Indonesia Government, Regional Government of East Java, Surabaya Governor, Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesian Zoo's and Aquaria Indonesia, Animal Welfare arganizations and zoo food providers



The largest zoo and complete in Southeast Asia and divided to some places for birds, freshwater aquarium and brine, quarantine Toxidemi, night animal ( nocturama) and various mammals ( mammal). In Special place, there is also porpoise (pesut mahakam) and mermaid

Surabaya Zoo located in Setail Street 1 Surabaya (Wonokromo - beside Joyoboyo station area), KBS is big zoo and complete. It is in it are dwelt more than 351 composing different animal species more than 2806 animals. Include Indonesia rareness animal and also world consisted of Mammalian, Aves, Reptile, and Pisces.

KBS is part of education that is indirectly good for recognizing many kinds of animal so that planted early on feeling love to the nature and its contents. Besides, KBS (Shortly of Surabaya Zoo, commonly people called it as KBS) is animal garden with the meaning place with main function of conservation which is do some effort for treatment and breeding various animal types for the agenda of forming and develop new habitat as supporting facilities for protection and conservation of nature. 

This is how they advertise the zoo on line, but the reality is a totally different thing. There is no sign of protection of animals and conservation of the envitoment, in fact the opposite.


Corruption is widespread in Indonesia, infiltrated into almost all brancres of business. Even in zoos.

KPK (Indonesian corruption fight agency) investigates `bank fee' for East Java officials, National | Mon, January 25 2010, 1:15 PM 

SURABAYA: The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is investigating a finding stating that the East Java Development Bank (Bank Jatim) has distributed fees to the province's officials worth a total of Rp 71.4 billion (US$7.14 million).

KPK deputy chairman for prevention Haryono said the funds had changed hands since the provincial administration began using the bank for the province's budget.

"We will trace the flow of the funds. If we find that they went to the personal accounts of officials, we would ask them to return the money and process them according to the law," Haryono said.

Meanwhile Bank Jatim president Muljanto denied the funds, which were considered marketing fees, had been transferred to the personal accounts. "The funds went to the institutions accounts. But we have stopped paying the fees." - JP


The country’s corruption watchdog arrested four people on Wednesday, including two tax officials, for allegedly accepting bribes from a steel company.

“This morning our investigators caught two tax officials red-handed in Terminal 3 of the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport,” Corruption Eradication Commission spokesman Johan Budi said on Wednesday.

Johan said the tax officials arrested were Muhammad Dian Irwan Nuqishira and Eko Darmayanto, who worked as an investigator and an auditor at the East Jakarta tax office.

Muhammad and Dian were caught allegedly receiving S$300,000 ($240,809)from two employees of the Master Steel company, who were also arrested.

Acting Finance Minister Hatta Rajasa said he appreciated the KPK’s efforts to clean up the tax office by arresting the two officials.

“I just heard about the arrest and I think the KPK has done the right thing,” he said.

Hatta said every state institution should work harder at ending corruption in their offices.

A similar statement was also made by Fuad Rahmani, the Finance Ministry’s director general of taxation. “Once again we appreciate this,” he said in a text message.

“Reformation in human resources will be maintained until all those who are troublesome get caught and fired, and even sent to jail,” he added.

Last month tax official Pargono Riyadi was charged after the KPK alleged he had extorted a payment of Rp 125 million ($12,900) from Asep Hendro, a former racing car driver and car dealer.

The most recent arrests follow a series of bribery scandals involving tax officials in the past two years.

In 2012, Dhana Widyatmika, a Jakarta-based tax official, was found to have amassed a fortune in cash and gold bullion from bribes. He was later sentenced to seven years in prison.

In June 2012, the KPK arrested Tommy Hendratno, a tax official from Sidoarjo, East Java, for accepting a Rp 280 million bribe.


A visitor account of the Surabaya Zoo in 2011: "The oldest zoo in Indonesia (founded 1918), used to be the most complete and largest zoo in all of ASEAN. Today, the zoo is more famous for the animals that have died under its care, and for the fighting that takes place between the city and national governments over the management of the zoo. In 2012, Time Magazine called it the "Zoo of Death"."


That sound fishy. Corrupt tax officers, fishy bank transfers, neglect and outright animal abuse in zoos. No matter how hard the Indonesians try, they will have the corruption stigma for years, and the present situation in Surabaya Zoo does not make things any more plausable, on the contrary. The figures are staggering: approximately 15 animals at the zoo die every month.

The latest devolepment in the Surabaya Zoo was from 16th June: An eye witnnes account:

"So this is what happened right now. Taken this morning from Surabaya Zoo, East Java, Indonesia. Horrible. A living hell. They eat plastics just to stay alive. Please share this, Save Surabaya Zoo. Nobody cares but us who speak for the unspoken! The world must know!

They should have got meat. But the meat was taken home by the employee. Humans are the smartest yet the most selfish retards."

This eye witness account gives a very good overview to the whole zoo's situation: animals are starving, they are mistreated, abused and deliberately starved. And only, because an employee or employees wanted the meat meant for the tigers, and other food meant for otner zoo inmates. The death toll in Surabaya Zoo has been at least 135, if not more to date.

The tigers are in appalling condition, they are just skin and bones, and the very breathing is and exhausting task. Something must happen as soon as possible to put things right in the zoo and get the animals the medical care and the proper nutrition they need. It may also be tha last place having these higly vulnerable tiger species. And they are not the only ones in deep trouble in that zoo.

What needs to be done is to get as many signatures as we can in the shortest period of time. The animals cannot hold on much longer, and the officials do nothing but sit on their hands. And put money in their pockets. And steal the animals' food. Keep our fingeres crossed that the two zoo food companies donate enough to help maintain at least a mediocre feedin standard in Surabaya Zoo.

The national police, not the local and corrupt one, must strat investigations for the reasons laeading to this state and also punish the owners of the zoo for animal abuse, neglect and deliberate starvation, denial of medical treatment and torture. 

We have not much time, but let's do our best!

There is also a petition on

Please, sign this, too. By having duplicates in different sites we get better outcome and the message will be deliverd with an uproar!

You can contact you natinal Indonesian emabassy by clicking this link:

Additional material of the condition of the Surabaya Zoo animals:

a video:

another video:

We, the undersigned, immediately urge you to start looking into the affairs of the Surabaya Zoo and its treatment of its animals. They are starving and wasting away, they hardly have any veterinarian treatment, and in most cases the employees steal the big cats' meat and take it home. The corruption in the zoo organization must be wiped off, and a new, understanding and professional staff must be employed.

The Surabaya Zoo has been in the news so much that it is now time for Indonesian officials to make the necessary changes and if nothing else will help, overetake the zoo and leave it well provided with a resident veterinarian. The zoo also needs proper animal treatment facility, the lack of it is obvious from the pictures of the animals in the zoo's "care".

And what comes to the facility itself, the cages are outdated, too small, and the animals have no stimuli, no same species friends, no pools to refresh themselves, like tigers do in hot days. The whole zoo plan must be renewed and rebuilt to fulfill the internatiopnal zoo requirements and also the breeding zoo requirements, beccause at this rate Indonesia will have none of its indigenous animals left but in zoos in bad conditions.

The fate of orangutans alone is overbearing, and to see what happens in the former number 1 zoo in Indonesia,, it makes us wonder is there really anybody responsible in charge.

Please, take this petition seriously and see to it that the Surabaya Zoo gets all it needs to take care of the animals in there, and if possible, go to the spot and check the zoo out yourselves, it is a sorry sight. Please, help the animals that are starving and suffering, and give them a new lease on life.

Thank you for your time.

We remain, hopefully

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