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  1. Fargusno

    Fargusno Well-Known Member

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    Cihampelas Point was a factory outlet in Cihampelas, Bandung that opened back in early 2010. It had a mini zoo with several kinds of animals, from mammals, fishes, reptiles and birds. I've been there multiple times back in elementary school since Bandung Zoo wasn't pretty good during its time back then, and I kinda enjoyed the collection they had, although the zoo was kinda smelly and unkempt. I could smell animal poo and piss, although all of the animals were kept in glass cages. It was kinda cruel sadly. When I went for the last time there back in 2012, the aquarium are was already closed and all of the fishes has been sold away. The animal keeper said that they're going to close Cihampelas Point soon, and I was very sad.

    Anyways, here are the only remaining photos of said place. I don't have any photos from this place anymore since I lost them:
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    List of animals in Cihampelas Point. I could only memorize some of them, so pardon if I missed some

    Fishes:
    • Arapaima (Arapaima gigas)
    • Silver arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)
    • Asian arowana (Scleropages formosus)
    • Australian bonytongue (Scleropages jardinii)
    • Clown featherback (Chitala ornata)
    • Redbelly piranha (Serrasalmus nattereri)
    • Redtail catfish (Phractocephalus hemoliopterus)
    • Tiger shovelnose catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum)
    • Giant pangasius (Pangasius sanitwongsei)
    • Giant mottled eel (Anguilla marmorata)
    • Ocellate river stingray (Potamotrygon motoro)
    • Goldfish (Carassius auratus, kept as food for the carnivorous fishes)
    Birds:
    • Buffy fish owl (Ketupa ketupu)
    • Spotted wood owl (Strix seloputo)
    • Large-billed crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)
    • Blue-and-yellow macaw (Ara ararauna)
    • Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)
    • Black-capped lory (Lorius lory)
    • Red lory (Eos bornea)
    • Golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)
    • Green peafowl (Pavo muticus)
    • Domestic turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
    • Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax)
    Reptiles and amphibians:
    • Cuvier's dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus)
    • Reticulated python (Malayopython reticulatus, normal and albino)
    • Corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus)
    • Asian water monitor (Varanus salvator bivittatus)
    • Emerald tree monitor (Varanus prasinus)
    • Green iguana (Iguana iguana)
    • Frilled lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii)
    • Indian star tortoise (Geochelone elegans)
    • Asian forest tortoise (Manouria emys)
    • Red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
    • Amboina box turtle (Cuora amboinensis)
    • Black marsh turtle (Siebenrockiella crassicollis)
    • Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum, albino only)
    • African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis, albino only)
    Mammals:
    • Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus)
    • Sunda leopard cat (Prionailurus javanensis)
    • Javan mongoose (Herpestes javanicus)
    • Crab-eating macaque (Macaca fascicularis, albino and normal)
    • Chital (Axis axis)
    • Domesticated goat (Capra aegagrus hircus, four-horned individuals)
    • Domesticated rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus domesticus)
    • Short-tailed chinchilla (Chinchilla chinchilla)
    • Guinea pig (Cavia porcellus)
    • Horsfield's treeshrew (Tupaia javanica)
    • Plantain squirrel (Callosciurus notatus)
    • Fancy rat (Rattus norvegicus domestica, kept as food for the carnivorous reptiles, mammals and birds)
     
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    I remember going to this place a lot of time as a child. They also have chitals.

    The last time I went there in 2015 or 2016, the place is almost empty. With only the Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), chital (Axis axis), and several pythons remain. They were said that the animals is going to be moved to Bandung Zoological Garden.

    It's a pretty unique zoo, located underground. But it's pretty cruel especially for the large mammals. The outdoor aviaries is also very small for most of the birds.

    I remember having some photos of this place, I might try to find it.

    NGL this actually gives me a childhood flashback.
     
  3. Fargusno

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    They were moved to Bandung Zoo? And what happened to the four-horned goats?
     
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    Yes. No idea about the goats.
     
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    Sheesh :(
    If you have the photos, post it here or to Instagram
     
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    Apparenlty CIhampelas Point kept the macaques and the caiman in the same exhibit. I almost shocked when I saw it but it was just plain cruel..
     
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    They have caimans? As far as I can remember they were housed together with sunda porcupine (Hystrix javanica)
     
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    Yea, they did
     
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    I found a article about this zoo. It's in Indonesian, but I try to translate it:

    Competing to provide big discounts or door prizes for visitors is a common thing for any factory outlet in the long holiday season like now. But, what about the rare animals that are present at the factory outlet? Hmm...

    One example is the Cihampelas Point (formerly known as Paris van Java) which is on Jalan Cihampelas 184. Not a discount they offer to visitors, but a dozens of unique and rare animals are the main attraction to attract visitors.

    "We just want to be different. Precisely what is different is what attracts the visitors," said one of the worker, Soenyali Soly, to the reporters when we meet at his office.

    According to him, the initial idea of making a mini zoo in the middle of a factory outlet was the wish of the manager who is also a hotel manager in Bandung. The manager has a unique hobby of collecting exotic animals.

    "From there came the intention to create an factory outlet concept which is said to be different from the others," said Soly.

    Inside, visitors who shop at Cihampelas Point or commonly abbreviated as Cipo, are served with a variety of rare and unique animal. Some are made separately and in cages, such as a special room that accommodates a variety of displays of freshwater fish, such as arowana.

    "The manager liked arowana and the collection reached hundreds," he said, adding that at the end of May 2009, the manager officially opened a mini zoo.

    Before entering the aquarium with dozens of fish, visitors can enjoy the chirping of birds kept outside the aquarium. The birds are constantly chirping like morning atmosphere.

    Shifting from birds, rare and unique animal welcome visitors. Cages measuring 2mx2m and 3 meters high are arranged on the left and right sides of the room.

    The left side, the large Iguana looks dumbfoundedly hiding behind the artificial branches inside. Meanwhile, on the right, you can see a small monkey like a gibbon jumping over a branch designed in its cage.

    Not only that, two pythons approximately 3 meters long coiled in their cage. Turtles that are claimed to be rare also enliven the atmosphere of the mini zoo in the middle of the Cihampelas Point shopping center.

    Source: Kliping Bandung: Wuiiih...Ada Kebun Binatang di FO!
     
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    Cool find!
     
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    I looked very studiously at the primate "cage" enclosures. Are you sure they only exhibited macaque as the ones on the right (with the long tails) just might look like silvery langur to me (?!!?)?
     
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    Probably a male Javan langur (Trachypithecus auratus)
     
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    From what I can see, Cipo get their animals from the pet trade (All the fish, several birds, all the reptiles/amphibian, and several of their mammals) and rescue (Eagle, langur, and other West Javan native).
     
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    I also just make a map of the Cihampelas mini zoo based on my visit in 2013-2014.
    Sorry if it's a little bit messy, you can ask some question to me.
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    Nice!!
     
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    What happened to the animal stock when it closed up?
     
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    Some were sold to the exotic pet collectors and some moved to Bandung Zoological Garden.
     
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    This rightfully does not fit in here, but I think this comment is quite relevant!

    Come to think of it K.B. Bandung has kickstarted an enormous development over the last 3 years or so. It really has some very nice enclosures now!
     
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  19. Fargusno

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    Taman Safari funded Bandung Zoo as of 2017, since Bandung Zoo was in hot water after several animal welfare violations (dying elephant, starving bears and guests throwing snacks at animals).

    CEE4Life also helped Bandung Zoo rebuild several exhibits:
    Current Projects – Ongoing | CEE4Life
     
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    Thanks, yes so ... I heard. The son of the TSI owner, John Sumampau is one of the senior staff in charge here.
     
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