In the rain, Sumatran elephants and goats attend the 78th Indonesian Independence Day ceremony in Bali

TIME.CO, Jakarta – Four Sumatran elephants, goats and many other animals took part in the ceremony HUT RE the 78th event organized by Bali Safari, Gianyar Regency.

“We want to show the presence of animals at the Independence Day ceremony that human beings live in harmony with animals,” said the head of marketing for Bali Safari, Inneke Ficianirum in Gianyar, Bali on Thursday, August 17, 2023.

The red and white flag raising ceremony was held in the front yard of the Animal Conservation and Education Vehicle and commenced at 07:30am WITA. In the pouring rain, the ceremony attended by local employees was solemnly held.

Aside from the employees, the ceremony was unique, as four elephants, pythons, iguanas, parrots, parrots and a goat attended.

To keep these animals calm, they are also supervised by their handlers, for example elephants are given food in the form of coconut fronds.

Meanwhile, pythons are also wrapped around the caster’s body to keep them calm and goats are tied with ropes to keep them calm even if it was raining during the implementation of the Indonesian independence ceremony.

Several animals take part in the ceremony to mark the 78th anniversary of Indonesian independence at Bali Safari, Gianyar Regency, Bali on Thursday, August 17, 2023. ANTARA/Dewa Ketut Sudiarta Wiguna

The red and white flag-hoisting ceremony was led by Bali Safari Chief Operating Officer Ketut Suardana as overseer of the ceremony.


The ceremony was held before the opening hours of the tourist attraction at 0900 WITA to ensure the continuation of sightseeing.

Bali Safari is spread over an area of ​​around 50 hectares with a total collection of around 1,000 animals of 100 endemic species from Indonesia, Asia and India.

To liven up the Indonesian Independence Day, the manager is also offering 17% discount on entrance tickets for the purchase period up to August 20, 2023, through the website of the conservation tourist object, and can be used until end of October 2023.

Visitors are also invited to celebrate Indonesian Independence Day with a series of typical games on August 17, including a cracker contest, putting nails in a bottle and other typical Indonesian Independence Day competitions.

The level of visits to this tourist attraction is now starting to recover after being interrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Per day, the average visit of foreign and domestic tourists reaches 1,000 people, and on weekends, it reaches 1,200-1,500 people.

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