Animalium is a research center for observing wildlife and their behavior
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The chair of the steering board of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Megawati Soekarnoputri, launched the agency's wildlife education center in Bogor, West Java, on Wednesday.

"Before BRIN, research in Indonesia was separated and not united. Hence, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) created BRIN, which unites all research and innovation activities in Indonesia," Megawati, the fifth President of Indonesia, said.

The wildlife education center, called Animalium, is located in the Soekarno Science and Technology Zone, Cibinong, Bogor District.

Animalium has been built as a learning platform for developing ecological intelligence among the nation's next generation.

It has been designed as the largest animal science tourism destination in the country and will also serve as a space for supporting research publications and showcasing insights on animals based on new concepts.

BRIN Head Laksana Tri Handoko said the facility serves as a place for wildlife research and an animal museum.

"Animalium is a research center for observing wildlife and their behavior," he added.

Built on an area of 1.5 hectares, Animalium features wildlife that is being studied and conserved by BRIN researchers. Visitors can see hundreds of wildlife collections ranging from birds, fish, reptiles, insects, to mammals in the museum.​​​​​​​

Animalium is open every day, except Mondays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time. Entrance tickets to the museum cost Rp75 thousand to Rp100 thousand.

Earlier, Megawati had asked BRIN to focus more on producing research that can positively impact many people.

BRIN is also running the Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense at the Cibinong Science Center – Botanical Garden (CSC-BG), Bogor, West Java.

The museum functions as a national depository center on animal biodiversity and has a collection of fauna specimens from all over Indonesia.

Museum Zoologicum Bogoriense was founded in 1894 by German agricultural zoologist J.C. Koningsberger, who was in charge of collecting and researching insects found on agricultural plants in the Bogor Botanical Garden.

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