Batu Secret Zoo: A Whole Package of Attraction

by - Tuesday, January 21, 2014


I can't believe it's almost 8 years since I had left Malang, city I was born in and spent my teen life. A city full of memories, a place I actually want to visit over and over but at the same time there wasn't courage to do so. Well, some people need more time to ease their heart from painful tragedies...

But, it's magical that I spent my new year back in town, to feel the early 2014 by doing road trip from Bandung to Malang by car! Isn't it awesome? And no wonder, this zoo had become my number one on my 'to visit' list. Come to think of it, I've never been to a zoo for a decade and I hope you can understand the feelings.

And also, I'm a good auntie who wants to make my cute niece happy!
It took about 1 hour from my house in Malang to get there, luckily the road was fine, no major traffic and the weather looked good; blue sky, pleasant air, nice trees along the way. Oh, Malang, you really know how to greet me.

Me and bf. My niece said it well.
Parking fee is IDR 5,000 and the entrance fee for Batu Secret Zoo and Museum Satwa costed IDR 100,000 at that time, it's valid for everyone taller than 85 cm. I'm pretty proud and irked at the same time. Lol, we had to pay full ticket for my 3 years niece just because she's 90 cm already?!

But ok, seeing those monkeys and lemurs are somehow relieving. Just because my niece suddenly said,
"That couple is aunt' and unca'!" Ow, yeah, she was referring me and my bf. And minutes later she kept mentioning every monkey as... "That's mom!", "That's dad!", "That's Meryl" -her lil's sister.

So I think, our family does resemble these monkey mates.

Bennet Wallaby
This cute Bennet Wallaby somehow strengthen my motivation to go to Australia, someday, soon. I really wanted to get close to it, but... That mixed feeling, scared of being kicked made me stay out of it and just secretly took the picture and moved forward.

top to bottom, left to right. 1) Landak Jawa Albino 2) Skunk (sigung)
3) & 4) I don't know.
My biggest obsession is to adopt a (mini) hedgehog and a skunk as pets, you wouldn't believe how cool is that. Hedgehog is cool, the fact I love their way of protecting themselves and skunk is... unique, no matter how you look at them.

I thought those were kancil. Correct me...
And, my niece can't stop singing "Si kancil anak nakal, suka mencuri ketimun, ayo lekas dikurung, jangan diberi ampun," That Indonesian traditional child song about a mouse deer. But I'm not sure if this was kancil...


Actually, we were trapped by the rain at 2 pm so we couldn't enter the zoo directly, instead waiting for about 1,5 hours. We missed so many attractions and chances to have fun at the playground. I'm quiet disappointed by the way. And moreover I was waiting for the flamingo making a 'love' sign but they didn't.

Reptile Garden
Reptile garden is somehow making you blow your imagination wilder. You'll see anaconda, rattlesnake, and crocodiles. But the most irritating was because most of those snakes were shedding, you know, changed its skin. So pretty much, I was trembling inside.

Yes, see the snake shedding!
I entered the aquarium at 5 pm, no wonder the electricity had been turned off and I couldn't enjoy my sightseeing. I couldn't see fishes, how painful.


Savannah is where you will feel the ambiance of walking through the forest. But, once again, I was late. No animals were shown there. Empty forest detected.



By 5.30 pm, some of the attractions had been closed and the announcer was ready to drive us out. lol.



The pool was already drained.


Some of them enjoying their last ticket, but the guard hurriedly said they're closed when it's my turn. Grr.


But it makes me want to visit this zoo again (just to feed my dissatisfaction). But, Malang at night, I know I'll keep missing you.

-----oo00oo-----

Some tips and info.

1) LOCATION
Batu Secret Zoo is part of Jawa Timur Park 2.
located in http://jawatimurpark2.com (I know it's not an address, but actually once you're in Batu, Malang, you will notice so many direction signs lead you to this park).

2) TICKET
Parking ticket : Rp. 5.000
Ticket for Jawa Timur Park 2 (Including Batu Secret Zoo and Museum Satwa)
 1. Monday to Thursday IDR 70.000 
 2. Friday to Sunday IDR 100.000
Ticket for Jawa Timur Park 1 & Jawa Timur Park 2 
 1. Monday to Thursday IDR 100.000 
 2. Friday to Sunday IDR 135.000
Ticket Sakti Jawa Timur Park 1, Jawa Timur Park 2, Eco Green Park & BNS 
IDR 175.000and Holidays as specified management

*ticket valids on January 2014, when I was there.

3) FOOD 
I don't notice any sign to prohibit you bringing food from outside but, still pay attention to do so. There are so many minimarket selling things with more expensive price, of course. But the restaurant outside the zoo offer a good range of food with good price, however. And, along with buying the ticket entrance you will get some coupon discounts to be used in certain merchants. Use that!

4) TIME MANAGEMENT
Open 10.00 - 18.00 WIB
You're suggested to enjoy Batu Secret Zoo FIRST, and it's better when you can get here exactly on 10, so you will have times to enjoy sightseeing, see animal performances and play on the playground (Fantasy Land), there by 4 pm you can continue to Museum Satwa until  6 pm. I was wrong on my first visit, I visited Museum Satwa and wasted most of time there.

5) CLOTHES
Batu is pretty cold, use jacket and don't forget to bring your umbrellas! You don't want rain stopping your journey.

6) PERSONAL COMMENTS
You can't  compare this zoo with Taman Safari, Bogor & Bali or the playground with Dunia Fantasi, Jakarta - those are far better. But, as I've said, I have a 3 years old niece, and this zoo looks more than enough to show her kinds of animals. She was strong enough too to walk along the road without using vehicles (e-bike, that you could rent). 

This is for you to enjoy Malang and feel the air of Batu.

See you!

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6 comments

  1. Which angkot that pass this park? thank you.

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    1. If you go to Secret Zoo from Malang. First you have to be at Terminal Landungsari to get angkot BL (Batu - Landungsari) head to Batu. Then you can continue with ojek once arrive in Batu. Sorry if I couldn't provide specific answer since I haven't tried myself. Good luck!

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  2. Kadang gw suka malu, sebagai orang jawa timur tapi daku blm perna kesini hehehe

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    1. Waahhhh...... Nunggu undangan ya baru kesana wkwkwk..

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  3. Taman wisata edukasi untuk lebih mengenalkan dan mendekatkan anak pada dunia fauna, untuk hiburan juga tidak kalah keren..lengkap loh.. dari playground untuk balita hingga rollercoaster. Dari jalan2 mengenal hewan jinak hingga memberi makan harimau dan singa juga bisa..Kolam renang juga luas, jajanan relatif murah, pusat oleh2 juga lengkap. Worth it banget untuk tiket masuk segitu..

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  4. Took me 3.5 hours to explore this beautiful place!It was worth the sore feet! The food inside can be pricey and not so nice, so bring some snacks and drink with you

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