Safari Park to Open in Bali

SEMINYAK ~ A new safari park is due to open in Gianyar Regency this October and is now nearing completion, officials told The Bali Times.

“Currently we are in the finishing phase of the project, and we are now recruiting staff,” said Jon Sumampau, chief finance officer of the park.

The Bali Safari and Ocean Park will be the third park built by PT. Taman Safari, which runs two safari parks in Java, in Bogor and Malang.

The company had been planning to open a park in Bali since 1991 according to Tony Sumampau, director of Taman Safari Bogor, but the current project began in 2003.

“At the time, we wanted to revive Bali tourism after the bombing,” said Tony, adding that the company decided to build the park in Gianyar because of a lack of available land in Badung, the location originally chosen.

The project has so far cost Rp30 billion (US$3.3 million), said company officials.

Jon said that with the park due to open in just over two months, work at the site was 80-percent complete, with basic infrastructure, roads, animal pens and quarantine centers now ready.

Around 20 species of animals have already been transferred to the park from the other operations in Java, he said, adding that on completion, the park would house approximately 120 different types of animal.

The park is to initially employ around 400 people as gardeners, technicians and animal keepers.

“We will recruit at least 200 people from the villages surrounding the park. We’ll also buy the plants and fruits grown by the people to feed the animals,” said Jon.

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