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Visiting the zoo

Surabaya - Saturday 30/12/78 - sunny

We got up at 6 am and after a few hassles with our rooms paid two vouchers instead of one. We arrived at the Bamboo Den at 7 am but everyone was still asleep. We all caught a bus to the zoo which had hundreds of people outside because it was a Saturday. We paid 150 rp each and first of all went to see the Kommodo Dragon which we had heard so much about. They weren't as big as we had expected, but were still pretty big for a lizard. They were about 10 feet long and had a really large cage that was long grass, rocks, all surrounded by a moat and then the wall that we overlooked. It was really good with no wire to look through. A lot of the cages were like this.

We went to the restaurant to get some breakfast but all ended up just getting a drink. We then continued looking around. There were lots of monkeys, such as orangutans. Some orangutans had a huge cage. It was a paddock about 50 yards long with two big ropes stretching from their houses. Again it was surrounded by a moat. There was a huge gorilla called King Kong. He was lying on his back but would have stood at least 10 feet high. They had proboscis monkeys who have huge noses. The Zoo was absolutely monstrous and we saw lots of Indonesian birds and animals not usually seen.

We watched cobras catching frogs to eat. There were thousands of Javanese in the park. I think the six of us attracted more attention than the animals. If we were standing watching animals they would stand and stare at us. It we sat down anywhere a crowd of them would circle us and stare. It was quite funny. After a few hours at the zoo we caught a bemo back to the Bamboo Den and all slept most of the afternoon and read while it rained and rained. The rain is so torrential that it only takes an hour or so before the roads are flooded. We went to dinner at the Miami Seafood Restaurant which was pretty posh. We had crab and pea soup and then fried chicken. Then Brad and I went shopping to buy raincoats. Shops stay open until 9 pm. It was really good trying to make them understand what we wanted with only a little Indonesian.

Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Indonesia

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