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World-Renowned Elephant Rehabilitator Calls for Mali’s Transfer

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Mali elephant Manila ZooDr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, appointed Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, has joined the call to free Mali. Sheldrick has been intimately involved with elephants for the past 58 years and is now calling on the Manila Zoo to release Mali to a sanctuary in Thailand. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which she heads, has rehabilitated more than 150 orphaned elephants. Currently, more than 40 of them are fully grown and live among the wild herds of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park, and 39 others are in the process of being reintroduced to the wild.

“[T]he most important thing in [an elephant’s] life [are] friends, and family, as it is for us humans”, writes Sheldrick, who in 2005 was named by the Smithsonian Institution one of 35 people worldwide who have made a difference in animal husbandry and wildlife conservation. “To separate an Elephant from others for life is immeasurably cruel and counter-productive to both the emotional and social wellbeing of the animal, with possible adverse physical damage as well. I therefore appeal, on behalf of Elephant Mali, who cannot speak for herself, to afford her access to others, and in so doing heal her lonely soul.”

Sheldrick joins a number of notable elephant experts who are also advocating for Mali’s transfer as well as Philippine and international celebrities, wildlife conservationist Dr Jane Goodall and Nobel Prize–winning author JM Coetzee, who have all rallied to Mali’s cause.

You can help Mali today by signing our petition to urge authorities to take immediate action. We also encourage you to write to your local embassy and encourage officials there to do everything possible to secure Mali’s transfer to a sanctuary.

Posted by Edwina Baier


  1. Gunn Nesbø...
    March 8th, 2013, 5:23 pm

    Free Mali!

  2. maritza vazquez...
    March 11th, 2013, 3:31 am

    Please free her, let’s demonstrate our compassion as superior beings. We have nothing to loose but so much to teach by providing Mila to spend her last years with her own kind. Please do what is right, please our children are watching!!

  3. janice hatcher...
    March 11th, 2013, 4:39 am

    please free mali she has suffered for far to long being on her own shes needs a family you can give her that it is within your power

  4. Josceline Cluff...
    March 11th, 2013, 2:47 pm

    This is fantastic news! Thank you Dame Sheldrick for joining the call to end Mali’s suffering!

  5. Michelle...
    March 11th, 2013, 8:54 pm

    I have signed the petition. It is beyond my comprehension that a magnificent creature is put in a place like that. It is disgraceful. I cant allow myself to think about it or I just melt into tears. It is ignorance and I boycott the country and any one involved in this dispicable act of putting her there.

  6. Denise Creasey...
    March 11th, 2013, 9:29 pm

    My heart just breaks for her. Best of luck to you Dr Dame Daphne Sheldrick, God bless you for your love and care. Mali I pray the remainder of your life will be fulled with joy.

  7. Maria MIhatovic...
    March 12th, 2013, 3:29 am

    Enough is enough !!!!!

  8. Aimee Timoti...
    March 12th, 2013, 10:25 am

    Set her free immediately. It is heartbreaking to see this beautiful, intelligent & gentle animal being treated in such cruel & inhuman manner. You have imprisoned & emotionally tortured an innocent victim.

  9. Kimberly Welfl...
    March 14th, 2013, 10:58 pm

    Free that poor elephant! They are not solitary animals and need to be with their own! You should be ashamed with how you are treating that poor animal! You will have your day to answer for the cruel treatment, and I would hate to be you when you stand for judgement in front of God!

  10. Melinda Mueller...
    March 15th, 2013, 3:20 am

    This poor girl needs to go to sanctuary right NOW! Shame on the Manila Zoo for allowing this misery to continue. She is in solitary confinement and has never committed any offense! Why in the world does the zoo need an exhibit entitled “This is what misery and despair looks like”???? Free Mali!!

  11. lyle brittingham...
    March 15th, 2013, 6:35 am

    im no zoo keeper and i dont no didly about elephants but i do no most animals as i grew up on farms they need each other as much as humens do and i would go get her my self if i could afford it and even if i had to steal her to get her out

  12. Sue...
    March 15th, 2013, 4:22 pm

    Signed, shared and Blogged about, lets get this dignified elephant the help she really needs. Who would keep such a beautiful intelligent animal in captivity for it’s whole life, it is absolutely heartbreaking.

  13. Colleen Jewell...
    March 16th, 2013, 4:35 pm

    Please support the cause to free Mali and the sad, lonely life age leads! This cruel treatment and abuse of animals can only be put to an end by love and active support from people! What example are we setting for our children, what are we leaving behind for them?

  14. Dr. John F. Doorish...
    March 16th, 2013, 9:31 pm

    Please free this little baby for her own well being ! She must be sent to a sanctuary where she can be with own kind ! Have a heart, Mali !!!!!

  15. JanineGardner...
    March 27th, 2013, 5:06 am

    Free this beautiful girl she must be so despreratley sad and lonley the rest of her life should be happy. Dame Daphne will do her best to help mali why are we still treating these intellegent animals like we do?

  16. NOYNOYING...
    April 13th, 2013, 8:27 am

    The most lazy and uncompetitive Philippine President NOYNOY AQUINO will not release MALI in his term because of extreme politicking. Wait for an other 3-5 yrs before Mali release fron this MANILA PRISON HELL ZOO!

    Last time i saw Mali is 1988! and now 2013 still living alone and still hoping to see and feel other elephant herd.

    Manila Zoo, The Philippines and our Lazy President is HOPELESS! SORRY MALI you will not be release this time! PLS WAIT for another president but we will not forget you! STILL FIGHTING FOR YOUR RELEASE! SOON!

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