History Gembira Loka Zoo
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The initial idea of ​​the construction of Gembira Loka Zoo comes from  Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono VIII in 1933 and then will be called "Kebun Rojo" . The idea is realized by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX with the help of Ir. Karsten, the architec from Netherlands. Ir. Karsten then choose the location of the west Winongo river, because it is considered as the most ideal place for the development of the Kebun Rojo. However, due to the impact of World War II and the occupation by the Japanese, Kebun Rojo development stalled.

At the time of the transfer of the state capital of Yogyakarta back to Jakarta in 1949 after the completion of World War II, again sparked an idea to give a memento to the people of Yogyakarta entertainment in the form of a central government, led by Januismadi and Hadi, SH. That idea got a warm welcome from the people of Yogyakarta, but its realization is still not perceived untill in 1953, with the establishment of the Foundation Gembira Loka Foundation  (corresponding deed RM Wiranto. number 11 ​​dated 10 September 1953) is presided over by Sri Paduka KGPAA Paku Alam VIII, the development of new Kebun Rojo can actually be realized.

A few years later, in 1959, KGPAA Paku Alam VIII appointed Tirtowinoto to continue development Gembira Loka Zoo. Tirtowinoto chosen because it was perceived have a love of nature and interest in the development of Gembira Loka Zoo. Apparently Tirtowinoto no small contribution, both in terms of ideas and material, proven to bring progress to Gembira Loka Zoo. Peak in 1978, when a collection of animals owned more complete, so that visitors are able to 1.5 million people. 
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