The Nias Heritage Museum operates a small Zoo displaying a number of animals native to Nias Island. The purpose of the Zoo is to educate the public about wildlife and environment of Nias. The mini Zoo, especially the crocodiles, is one of the most popular attractions of the Museum as many Nias people today rarely see wildlife.
The types of animals living in the Museum Zoo today are a selection of mammals, reptiles and birds native to Nias Island.
Mammals: three types of deers, monkeys, binturongs, porcupines and bats.
Reptiles: three large saltwater crocodiles, various types of freshwater turtles and snakes.
Birds: different types of kites, eagles, parrots, hornbills and several other species.
Animals on Nias are closely related to our oral traditions and they feature in many myths and proverbs. For this reason the Museum Zoo fills an important function as a means of cultural education and as an introduction to the environment of Nias.
The Museum Pusaka Nias Zoo is open to the public every day.
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