The Schmutzer Primate Centre was opened in 2002, within the Ragunan Zoo but privately funded and managed separately. It is one of the largest of such centers in the world. The 13 hectare special enclosure houses various primates, including great apes as gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans. The facilities are designed in innovative ways where the animals can decide whether to be seen or not and where natural food is growing in the enclosures, the only place in the world where this is the case. Their first gorillas arrived in July 2002 as a donation from Howletts Wild Animal Park. They were a bachelor group of four young males called Kumbo, Kihi, Komu and Kidjoum. Saddly, Kidjoum died in 2008 and his three companions remain still at the park.

The outdoor enclosure for gorillas has a total area of 2 hectare and has, as same as the whole centre, a very natural looking to resemble their natural habitat conditions. A seven meter high bridge crosses part of the gorilla enclosure that allows visitors to have a very different view of gorillas. There are other parts on which gorillas are separated from visitors by a waterway and an electric fence. The whole enclosure has grass and a lot of trees and shrubbery.
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Schmutzer Primate Centre keeps a bachelor group of three males:

KUMBO

KIHI

KOMU


Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):
Gorilla Family - Jakarta
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