The Ultimate Animal Lovers Guide To Bali
So you're not a huge zoo fan or seeing animals in captivity, or horrific live animal "experiences", but you still want the incredible opportunity of getting up close and personal with some wildlife? Well, you're in luck; one thing Bali isn't short of is an abundance of wildlife.
1. Ubud Monkey Forest
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Monkey Forest Ubud) has a mission to preserve the area, based on Tri Hita Karana's idea.
Ubud Monkey Forest, Padangtegal key features:
- Home to over 600 monkeys
- Three holy temples can be found which are sanctified by the local villagers
- Holds more than 115 different species of trees, unfolding stone paths, a multitude of beautiful moss-covered statues, and tangles upon tangles of dense green jungle.
Monkey Forest Travel Tip
Remember that even though wild monkeys are beyond words fascinating and adorable, they are in fact still wild animals. It's best to experience these long-tailed animals in their natural habitat at a respectable distance, as constantly pursuing their interest can yield interesting and often unanticipated outcomes, i.e. they are insanely fast, have incredibly sharp claws and they know that most people carry a few snacks on them while walking through the Ubud jungle.
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Ubud Monkey Forest (Sacred Monkey Forest)
Address: Jalan Wenara Wana, Ubud, Bali
Phone: +62 361 971304
Uluwatu Monkey Forest
Address: Jalan Uluwatu, Bukit Peninsula, Bali
Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest
Address: Jalan Kapten Tendean, Tabanan, Bali
2. Barc 4 Bali Dogs Sanctuary
Look no further than the Bali Dog Rehabilitation Center (BARC) in Ubud if you are looking for an animal shelter in Bali, or maybe even a volunteer opportunity, or even just a way to simply chill and give affection the brave rescued dogs of Bali.
A number of stray dogs are living (often in bad conditions) in Bali. The mission of BARC is to care for these often neglected animals, provide services for vaccination and sterilization, as well as provide medical assistance to these dogs when appropriate.
(A photo I took of the Barc puppies trying to get into the big dog section)
Barc4BaliDogs LOVE having guests to entertain their rescues, not only does it teach these animals how to trust again but it also makes them more adoptable as they learn that they can be loved by humans. So if you have some spare time, we urge you to visit Barc 4 Bali Dogs in Ubud.
Barc's Sanctuary Address: Serenity House & Coffee Shop, Jl. Sandat No.24, Ubud, Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
3. Turtle Conservation and Education Centre, Pulau Serangan
Turtles in Bali are a bit of a sensitive issue. Green turtles have long been caught and killed in Bali, usually eaten as a delicacy. Today, however, with the turtle population declining rapidly due to poaching and over-development, a conservation campaign is underway in Bali. It aims to educate locals on how turtles are better off at sea than on their dinner plate, as part of a religious ceremony or sold as a tourist trinket.
The Turtle Conservation and Education Center is a modest compound that offers a protected area for hatching turtle eggs and returning baby turtles to the sea. It also houses various specific tiled tanks for the recovery from abuse or illness of larger injured turtles. It was founded in 2006 by Mr. Dewa Barata, Governor of Bali, as part of a campaign to eliminate illicit turtle trade and encourage local people to contribute through awareness-raising and education.
It is free to visit, but donations are encouraged and should be given based on the importance and dedication of the project and its staff.
Address: Jalan Tukad Wisata No 4 Serangan
Phone: +62 361 857 7881
4. Bali Bird Park
Bali Bird Park is home to 1000 birds of 250 species that roam freely around 2 hectares of tropical lush greenery. Situated in the carving village of Batubulan stone, Bali Bird Park is a renowned day trip, near Kuta, Sanur and Ubud.
The park has a range of aviaries and is a safe refuge for many rare or endangered species.
Address: Jl. Serma Cok Ngurah Gambir, Singapadu, Batubulan, Bali, Indonesia
5. Bali Butterfly Park (Taman Kupu Kupu), Tabanan
Taman Kupa Kupa, Bali Butterfly Park, is considered to be Asia's "largest butterfly park," and is an opportunity to see hundreds of butterflies from 15 known and growing species, as well as various other insects and arachnids such as beetles, sticks and leaf insects and poor varieties, like scorpions and spiders.
The park conserves in its collection several endangered species such as the Bali peacock (Papilio peranthus) and it also functions as a center for research and development. It is best to visit the butterflies in the morning as they are most ative.
Address: Jl. Batukaru, Banjar Sandan Lebah, Wanasari Village, Tabanan
Phone: +62 361 814 282
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