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National Animal

The Komodo Dragon

“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different”


Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Manta rays, sea turtles, sunfish, eels, sea snakes, reef octopuses.


Hornbills, cockatoos, parrots, kingfishers, birds of paradise, Maleo birds.

Land mammals:

Macaques, leopards, orangutans, babirusa (deer-pigs), rhinoceros, tigers, bats, wild pigs, deer, gibbons.

Snakes and insects:

Cobra, Komodo dragon, vipers, cobras, leatherback turtles.

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Stray cats and dogs are common sight in most the cities of Indonesia. Some streets inside the city may have caged animals on the sides of the streets: birds dogs, cats, monkeys, chicken and more.

In the

Horses, oxen and buffalo are used for plowing fields and pulling carts and loads.

General animal welfare issues

Although Indonesia has some legislation on animal welfare, animal activists and welfare groups are currently fighting for issues such as the closure of animal markets, total banning of all animal fights, and imposing bigger penalties on animal law violators.

Hunting or poaching:

Hunting is allowed in Indonesia. Some animals hunted are the anoa orangutans, wild pigs and deer. Poaching has endangered the Sumatran tiger species.

Animal fights:

In 2017, staged fights between dogs and wild boars was officially banned. In Sulawesi Island, there is an event called "Ma'Pasilaga Tedong" Water Buffalo Fighting Festival.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Jakarta Animal Aid Network Bali Animal Welfare Association

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:


We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as it unfortunately still happens in most countries.

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