Surabaya Zoo Management Reported to KPK

By Rizky Amelia on 07:00 pm Jan 20, 2014
Category Crime, Featured, News
An orangutan soaks in an artificial river at the Surabaya zoo in Surabaya on Oct. 10, 2013. (AFP Photo)

An orangutan at Surabaya Zoo on Oct. 10, 2013. (AFP Photo)

The scandal at Indonesia’s notorious “zoo of death” took another turn on Monday after the mayor of Surabaya delivered a file to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) detailing allegations of graft.

“There have been several groups [in the management] of Surabaya Zoo. The team isn’t solid and some action needs to be taken immediately,” Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini said before a meeting with anti-graft officers. “We hope the KPK will help us.”

The move by Rismarahini to approach the KPK marks a sharp turnaround for the mayor, who has attracted criticism for her administration’s management since it took over the zoo after the horrendous conditions were revealed.

KPK spokesman Johan Budi said investigator would study the file.

“We will study the report — similar to our treatment of reports from other members of the public — to see if there is any indication of corruption or not,” Johan said.

It could not be confirmed on Monday which people in the temporary management team Rismaharini had reported to the KPK. It is understood that the report claims that officials in the zoo’s management team were complicit in the black-market sale of animals.

The zoo is home to approximately 3,000 animals, 420 of which are protected species. The mayor suspects that at least two endangered species were stolen and sold.

“Each small Bali myna is worth between Rp 50 million ($4,100) and Rp 100 million,” Rismaharini said. “A Komodo dragon may sell for between Rp 600 million and Rp 900 million; two are missing.”

Rismarahini said that an independent study of the zoo had revealed that officials may have received cars and other items as part of deals to sell zoo animals.

“This according to the Airlangga [University]’s audit… of the zoo,” Rismaharini said.

  • Greenbug

    And if KPK does indeed find any of the zoo management staff guilty, please lock them up in the zoo cages as well so visitors can throw stones at them…

  • Dazeddazza

    So the truth comes out as to the real reason behind the poor treatment and feeding of the animals. However, while the talk goes on, and on, and on, and on, are the animals being treated for illness, fed properly, and cared for? I hope the people of Surabaya can bring pressure to bear to ensure the welfare of the animals is put before the corruptors.