The bond between kids and animals is one of the most fundamental bonds to ever be witnessed. The health and wellbeing of both the animals and kids is boosted a great deal by this interaction. Though adults may also love animals, the amounts of time they can dedicate to these creatures can’t never be compared to the time the kids spend with the animals they love most. Some of the benefits the children may get from loving animals are to learn to be responsible by taking care of them while at the same time to study nature as the great textbook in the zoos, thus this will gain the much needed knowledge and life skills.
In Bali, the wants of children as far as nature and animal studies are concerned has highly been considered. As a result, there are a number of parks that the kids can visit to continue fostering the powerful two-way animal children relationship.
Starting in December, perfectly in time for festive season, visitors of Bali Zoo will be greeted with a unique warm welcome from the friendly herd of deer. Situated within the areal of Bali Zoo’s entrance, Bali Deer Park spans over 4,700 meter squares of lush tropical garden, a home to thirty-four Sitatunga deer, eighteen Timor deer, and six wallabies. Guests are welcome to touch, feel, play and feed the free roaming gracious deer while queuing to purchase the entrance tickets.
Walking through Bali Deer Park, visitors’ sights will be indulged with manicured garden offering contemporary feel park that features natural plantations, such as palm oil, banana trees, and other floras that one can only be found in the tropics. The park also features a number of water fountains to soothe the sensory journey into nature.
Bali Deer Park is designed as part of Bali Zoo commitment to offer unique wildlife experiences for the visitors, as they are expected to feel nature’s warm welcome from the moment their first step foot on the zoo’s ground.
Jalan Raya Singapadu, Banjar Seseh, Sukawati, Batuan, Gianyar
+62 361 294357
Bali Safari & Marine Park has forever been a park that dedicates efforts in encouraging children to be in love with the natural environment thus striving to preserve it to the best of their abilities. Such commitment can be seen by having programmes for kids, and Tiny Paws World is one of them. This activity introduces participants to the park keepers to gain the first-hand experience of what it is like to work with the animals. This programme also provides the opportunity to feed and handle some of the animals while learning about their care and feeding.
This unique and exciting animal experience includes helping the park keepers to prep the favourite food for the animals, learning about the animals from the dedicated park keepers, learning how to groom a horse, and learning about the challenges of becoming a veterinarian. The kids are also offered the chance of joining a motorized Safari tour, which carries them on secured, slow moving vehicles navigating through the homes of animals of India, Indonesia and Africa. Children get the precious opportunity of appreciating encounter programs such as the Elephant Educational Show and the Predator to Prey Shows among others.
After having an educational day out in the natural environment, a playing session is mandatory. Children are released to jump up and down in the Park’s Petting as they get a chance of assisting in the Pony’s grooming. The day of fantasy continues with the little ones being allowed free access to an array of amusement park rides that are positioned in the Fun Zone of the park.
Jalan Bypass Prof Ida Bagus Mantra, Gianyar
+62 361 95000
This is the best place where children are provided with unrivalled opportunity to learn more about birds. Special events are frequently sponsored by the park, to increase the awareness of adults and children alike of the threats faced by wildlife in this era. While in the park, the children will be able to learn and have an experience of about a thousand different birds of 250 species within just a single day. There is probably no other park in the entire world that can offer such a high number of species to their researchers.
Expect to feed the pelicans, the Papua rainforest bird, the lory, and the birdstars among others. To have a practical experience with the geography learnt in school, school children will afford to interact with the rainforest in the park, a rainforest that has been preserved from much disturbance. The kids mostly enjoy birds when they are freely interacting in their natural habitat than when they are confined in cages.
Jalan Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, Batubulan, Gianyar
+62 361 299352
As a centre for butterfly breeding, preservation and research, Bali Butterfly Park is one unique place where the little ones can come to have an experience with the mystery of nature while the parents come to do their research. The park has dedicated its time and resources to ensure that one can be able to see almost all the famous birdwing butterflies in the region. It is no question that butterflies are some of the most beautiful creatures in nature and are really loved by children more than any other age group in the society.
At Bali Butterfly Park, the children explore what they can’t get from anywhere else as this is the largest butterfly park in the Southeast Asia. The park is established in 1996 and arguably among nature’s riches, having almost all the butterflies that can be found in every corner of Indonesia and even beyond. The rare encounter with the endemic butterfly species will surely not disappoint the children.
While on their expeditions in the park, the children can take breaks to enjoy beverages and snacks at the mini restaurant in the park. And to have a memory of the place, souvenirs are available at the Souvenir Art shop.
Jalan Batukaru, Banjar Sandan Lebah, Wanasari Village, Tabanan,
+62 361 8940595
How about visiting live a group of Sumatran Elephants in the north of Ubud? These giant herds take pleasure breathing fresh air and indulging the cool, humid climate far away from the busy live. In Elephant Safari Park, children will get the opportunity to feed these giant mammals with the food provided in the park, with no extra charge. They are also welcome to meet and greet with the baby elephants at their nursery. To supply more information about elephants, Elephant Discovery Museum is available to provide the information related with elephants from different continents. Elephant Art Gallery is the newest addition in this museum, featuring adorable paintings, unique statues and valuable carvings.
Elephant ride is of course the main reason why kids want to go to this park. The elephant ride takes the passenger for a tour along the track built amidst the locals’ owned plantation and jungle. The beauty of the nature as well as the fresh air will be the additional benefit in this activity. After the ride, lunch at the restaurant is a must, while keep getting distracted by the view of the elephants playing in a lake or roaming around the park.
Jalan Elephant Safari Park, Taro Village, Tegallalang, Gianyar
+62 361 8988888
This article is also published at NOW! Bali Magazine