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Surabaya ‘Death’ Zoo Kills Again

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orangutan in zooAn endangered female Bornean orangutan is dead, the latest victim of the notoriously cruel Surabaya Zoo. Nanik apparently suffered for weeks before dying at the tender age of 12 years old—a mere fraction of the more than 45 years that she could have lived in her natural habitat.

Young Nanik’s death comes on the heels of an announcement that a critically endangered Sumatran tiger named Rozek died at the zoo after suffering from an undiagnosed digestive problem. Another tiger, Melani, suffered from the same ailment and was half her recommended weight when she was relocated to another zoo.

Adding to the long list of horrors, the only giraffe at the Surabaya Zoo died after ingesting almost 20 kilograms of plastic, which the zoo claims was thrown into his enclosure by guests. It was later found that the giraffe had suffered from tuberculosis, which was not surprising considering that the zoo has been criticized for being severely crowded and filthy.

These deaths—added to the number of other animals who have died or gone missing at Surabaya Zoo over the years—only confirm that the animals at the zoo are continuing to suffer from severe neglect and inadequate veterinary care. It’s clear that even though the management has changed, the zoo’s shameful policies continue.

Please help put an end to the suffering!

Write to the Ministry of Forestry and demand that the Surabaya Zoo be closed and the animals sent to suitable sanctuaries.

Send polite comments to:

The Honorable Zulkifli Hasan
Minister of Forestry
Building Block I Manggala Wanabakti Lt. 3
Jalan Gatot Subroto, Senayan
Jakarta, Indonesia 10270
menhut@dephut.go.id

Please also write to your nearest Indonesian Embassy or consulate. A list of embassies and consulates can be found here. The animals who are imprisoned in sickening conditions at the Surabaya Zoo need to live free from pain and hunger.

Nanik paid the highest price for human entertainment. Help make sure that no animal has to endure such a fate and pledge never to visit any zoo or animal park.

Posted by Jason Baker

 

 

 

 


Comments

  1. Ale...
    October 29th, 2013, 11:19 am

    Shame on Surabaya. Shame on Indonesia.
    Please Indonesian government choose the compassionate way and shut down the Surabaya zoo.

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

  2. Frans badenhorst...
    October 31st, 2013, 9:58 pm

    Shame on Surabaya. Shame on Indonesia.
    Please Indonesian government choose the compassionate way and shut down the Surabaya zoo.
    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

  3. wendy west...
    December 29th, 2013, 3:52 am

    Surabaya Zoo must be closed down, Does the Indonesians closed their eyes too so much cruelty? YES THEY DO!!! just like the whole of Asia they have no heart, compassion or any decency in the nation. The way the animals are kept and dieing of starvation and diseases. IT’S DISGUSTING!!! There endangered animals in the zoo, but it should not happen to any animal. SHUT DOWN THE SURABAYA ZOO NOW!!!! Give the animals that are in the zoo to go somewhere decent and get the help they need. I seem the pictures of the Sumatran tiger(dead) camel straving and all the other animals that are not being looked after. Why does the world see this terrible injustice and their Government does nothing. I wouldn’t go on holiday to indonesia if it was given free to me. Mahatma Gandhi quoted once that The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

  4. Linda...
    January 21st, 2014, 8:56 am

    For those of you short on time you can use my letter as a template and edit/insert your comments to the minister.

    Dear Honorable Zulkifli Hasan,

    I wish to express my deepest concern over the cruel circumstances happening at the moment at Surabaya Zoo. Surabaya Zoo needs to be closed and the animals sent to suitable sanctuaries.

    The latest deaths of an endangered Orangutan, tiger and giraffe – added to the number of other animals who have died or gone missing at Surabaya Zoo over the years—only confirm that the animals at the zoo are continuing to suffer from severe neglect and inadequate veterinary care. It’s clear that even though the management has changed, the zoo’s shameful policies continue.

    Please fulfill the duties of your institution by protecting these animals from such cruelty. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    (Insert name)

  5. maggie...
    January 23rd, 2014, 5:49 am

    For goodness sake, close this zoo down and prosecute the owners. Surely no sane person would visit Indonesia and visit this vile place. No animal deserves this, but perhaps the keepers should have a taste of this themselves, I would gladly lock them up. No tourists should be allowed in unless they have seen these pictures of terrible suffering.

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