“Few words are needed to describe this zoo, dirty, overcrowded, dilapidated; hell on earth for it’s poor residents. Many need moving to specialist zoo’s who can undo the harm caused at this disgusting hovel. There are rumours that meat brought in for the animals is shared amongst the staff to take home either for themselves or to sell on; that would account for the animals being so thin! Also talk of wildlife trafficking as some animals have gone missing in the past!
“Even the Mayor, although disgusted with the zoo, seems to have her hands tied. I have tried to cover as many stories as possible, so that you may read at your leisure. Although I found nothing concrete about the welfare of the animals until I came across this Facebook site:-Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life
I feel slightly relieved, now that I can see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel! Now Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life are involved, hopefully things will start to change for the better for the remaining animals, along with the zoo management planning updates to more cages etc.
“I’ve included more news links about the zoo below; before I found out about Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life getting involved; I think it important that people know the full history on this pathetic place. Please sign, cross post & share all the petitions; especially this one:-http://www.thepetitionsite.com/330/792/006/stop-the-deliberate-cruelty-of-surabaya-zoo-animals/
Boycott Indonesia, don’t vacate there until something is done about Surabaya Zoo, where animals are literally dying of hunger & disease!! The best site for up-to-date information is Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life the Facebook page of:-https://www.facebook.com/SurabayaZooAnimalWelfareActionCee4life/timeline
Yet another Surabaya Zoo animal dies
A Sumatran tiger at Surabaya Zoo in Surabaya, East Java, died on early Thursday after suffering digestive and respiratory problems for two years.
The zoo’s curator, Penta, said that Rosek, a 13-year-old Sumatran tiger, was found dead in its cage by a zookeeper. “We had been trying to treat Rosek and gave it enzymes for digestion. We also took the animal outside its cage for a walk and some sun,” Penta told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.
He said Surabaya Zoo now had only 10 Sumatran tigers, seven of which were females. One female tiger is currently undergoing treatment for an illness similar to that of Rosek. “Her name is Melani, see her picture below, it’s hard to believe a tiger in a zoo, could be left to get so bad!”
Internal conflict has plagued Surabaya Zoo since 1998 and peaked in 2007, when a number of animals died allegedly due to poor treatment. On Sept.8, 2012, Santi, a white tiger, died due to paralysis. “The video below is of a white tiger”
Data show that almost 250 animals at Surabaya Zoo died in 2011, including a mountain goat that suffered digestive problems.
An autopsy found plastic bags in its stomach. The zoo’s veterinary team also found 25 stones in the stomach of a dead crocodile.
From June to August 2010, 20 animals died at the zoo, including a Sumatran tiger and 13 baby komodo dragons. Most of the animals died from pneumonia, dehydration caused by diarrhoea and malnutrition, while other problems included a dirty and poor environment and lack of nutritious food. (asw/ebf)
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — An emaciated female Sumatran tiger was in critical condition at Indonesia’s largest zoo Wednesday and may have to be put down after another rare tiger died at the problem-plagued facility earlier this month. (Please see a very positive update to this story below, regards the beautiful tigress Melani…courtesy of Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life ) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=408313559283212&set=a.407286619385906.1073741828.407276089386959&type=1&theater
Melani was born at the Surabaya Zoo 15 years ago and has been suffering from an undiagnosed digestive disorder for the past five years. Her weight has dropped to less than 60 kilograms (132 pounds), down from 75 kilograms and below the normal range of 75-110 kilograms. Her eyes look sunken and bones can be seen beneath her skin. “See the video below!”
Monday, April 15, 2013 photo, a keeper tries to feed Melani, a 15-year-old female Sumatran tiger that has been suffering from an undiagnosed digestive disorder for the past five years, in her cage at Surabaya Zoo in Surabaya, Indonesia. The emaciated female Sumatran tiger was in critical condition at Indonesia’s largest zoo Wednesday and may have to be put down after another rare tiger died at the problem-plagued facility earlier this month. (AP Photo)
“I think euthanasia is the best option to end her suffering because it is difficult to be cured,” said Tony Sumampouw, chairman of Indonesia’s zoo association, who was appointed to oversee the Surabaya Zoo after the government took control of it in 2010.
He added that Melani’s illness is likely the result of mismanagement and poor nutrition since she was young.
Melani is one of 10 Sumatran tigers — the world’s most critically endangered tiger subspecies — left in the zoo following the death two weeks ago of Rozek, a 13-year-old male. He suffered similar gastrointestinal problems for four years.
Melani has now been transferred
The zoo’s remaining Sumatran tigers, which are part of a breeding program, are kept in dirty, cramped cages along with 10 Bengal tigers. All appear healthy, but remain at great risk, Sumampouw said.
Chaerul Saleh, the WWF wildlife group’s campaign coordinator on endangered species protection, said he hopes the latest tiger cases will force government and zoo authorities to do more to safeguard the animals. Strong action is needed to change the culture of neglect and corruption within the facility, he said.
The zoo has been plagued by uncontrolled breeding, a lack of funding for general animal welfare and suspicions that staff members may be involved in illegal wildlife trafficking.
Full News Link:-http://bigstory.ap.org/article/sumatran-tiger-may-be-euthanized-indonesia-zoo
A Surabaya Zoo health worker checks the pulse of a sick 35-year-old female elephant named Fitri, which was suffering from swollen joints in her leg Picture: AFP/Gett
Questioned in Berlin, Surabaya Mayor Ashamed of Zoo
TEMPO.CO, Surabaya - Surabaya mayor Tri Rismaharini received many questions about the management conflict in Surabaya Zoo (KBS) when she visited Berlin a few months ago. As the result of the continuing conflicts, some animals died and abandoned. “I was truly ashamed when they highlighted KBS. I could not do anything,”
Risma could only explain that the management of the Zoo is conducted by the Ministry of Forestry and not her authority. “They asked, how does your country manage this? I am honestly ashamed at the time,” said Risma.
Full News Link:-http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2013/06/29/206492180/Questioned-in-Berlin-Surabaya-Mayor-Ashamed
The Sorry State of Surabaya Zoo
Published on 18 Jun 2013
Melani the Sumatran tiger heaves herself painfully to her feet, walks to the fence and is hand-fed a few pieces of chicken cut into small chunks. She’s skin and bone, but she eats less than a child might before returning to chew, like a sick domestic cat, on the grass.
There are less than 400 of Melani’s kind still roaming the dwindling forests of Sumatra, and soon this zoo-bound specimen will also be dead, after spending most of her life in squalor in Surabaya Zoo.
She suffers from an unidentified wasting disease which means her food, even when it’s minced, passes through her, almost entirely undigested.
Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/ani…
Surabaya Zoo – Animals Severely Neglected
Published on 13 Mar 2012
The Surabaya Zoo is a nightmare, plagued by uncontrolled breeding, a lack of funding for general animal welfare & staff are involved in illegal wildlife trafficking.
Zookeepers have been taking meat meant for the tigers and selling it in the local market. The tigers are emaciated & the 180 pelicans packed so tightly they cannot unfurl their wings without hitting a neighbour.
Last week, a giraffe died with a beachball-sized wad of plastic food wrappers in its belly. “This could be the white tiger that has already passed away; a blessing I think, seeing the state she was in”
News from Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life 25th June 2013 MELANI has now been moved
Melani has been transferred to Taman Safari.
FANTASTIC NEWS – MELANI. Not long ago, I have been informed by Zoos and Aquaria and Taman Safari, Indonesia, that the beautiful tigress Melani, has been safety transported and arrived at Taman Safari.
She is eating well, however her front and lower K9’s are looking quite rotten. Her demeanour is wonderful and she is now currently under going further veterinary testing. This is Melani when she arrived hours ago at Taman Safari.
On a side note, we understand that people are very passionate about this case, however please DO NOT write abusive or threatening letters to either Zoos and Aquaria or Taman Safari, as these are NOT the people who have had control over Surabaya Zoo.
In any case, if you write, please keep your language polite, however instead of cluttering up the good peoples email boxs with your demands, please work together in a positive way. As you can see, Melani is now getting the correct care she needs, she is safe and in the best hands now.
That does not mean the other animals of Surabaya are to be forgotten about. Please keep signing and sharing the petition http://www.thepetitionsite.com/330/792/006/stop-the-deliberate-cruelty-of-surabaya-zoo-animals/ We will let it run until we leave for Indonesia. Thank you so much for your support, more to come on Melani soon ~ Sybelle
News from:– Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life :-https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=408313559283212&set=a.407286619385906.1073741828.407276089386959&type=1&theater
Please Read Additional News on the condition of the Surabaya Zoo & it’s animals:
In this photograph taken on March 1, 2012, Surabaya Zoo personnel attend to a 30-year-old ailing giraffe named Kliwon. The last remaining giraffe in the zoo died with 20 kilograms of plastic found in its stomach, the latest in a string of unusual animal deaths at the country’s biggest zoo. Picture: JUNI KRISWANTO/AFP/Getty Images
Related post on giraffe death:-http://preciousjules1985.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/surabaya-zoo-giraffe-death-brings-indonesia-animal-abuse-to-light/
White tiger dies in Surabaya zoo (sadly this could be the one on the above video):-http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/09/09/white-tiger-dies-surabaya-zoo.html
Zoo takes terrible toll on animals:- http://www.smh.com.au/environment/animals/zoo-takes-terrible-toll-on-animals-20130526-2n5ct.html
10 Photo/News article by CBS News:-http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-202_162-10011625.html
49 Animals Transferred From Surabaya Zoo – At last some are rescued (they call it transferred)
TEMPO.CO, Banyuwangi – As many as 49 animal collections from Surabaya Zoo (KBS) were transferred to Mirah Fantasia, Banyuwangi. The transferred animals include elephants, orang utans, iguanas, hippos, bekantans, gazelles, and some other mammals and birds.
From Surabaya, the animals were transferred by trucks to Mirah Fantasia. Rahmat Suharta, the Chief of Health Department from Surabaya Zoo, said that some of the animals must be transferred because KBS has been overloaded.
Rahmat also informed that Mirah Fantasia has already gained a conservation center operational license from the Natural Resources Conservation Office.
Ketut Suwardika, Mirah Fantasia Deputy Director, expected that the new collections will increase the number of visitors.
A baby elephant pulls against the chains secured around its legs as it moves around a cramped, concrete cell. One of the keepers tells Sumampau the chains are used to train the young elephant to walk.
Tony Sumampau was brought in by the Indonesian government to lead a temporary team to improve conditions when it took over the privately run zoo in 2010. He now spends two days a week trying to teach zoo staff how to care for animals kept in cramped and unsanitary living conditions for far too long.
Before Sumampau arrived, about 25 of the zoo’s 4,000 animals died each month, many of them prematurely, from disease and neglect. Among them was a cheetah, a gift from South Africa’s President, whose leg was bitten off by a tiger and later died.
Poor sanitation and uncontrolled breeding also remain serious challenges for the zoo.
Lutvi Achmad, the head of the East Java Natural Resources Conservation Center, who works with Sumampau, told CNN, “This overpopulation has been going on for so long, there’s inbreeding and for sure this won’t be a good thing for the Surabaya Zoo.”
The biggest problem Sumampau says is the lack of understanding of animal welfare and conservation. He is slowly training the zoo’s 70 keepers but faces resistance from some who have worked in the zoo for years, even decades.
Read More Of the Above News:-http://edition.cnn.com/2012/04/24/world/asia/indonesia-surabaya-zoo
Read the following horror stories regarding Surabaya Zoo:-
- Surabaya Zoo scandal may prompt OZ boycott | The Jakarta Post:-Mar 17, 2012 … The poor treatment of animals at Surabaya Zoo may lead some Australian tour operators to boycott trips to East Java, according to a local …www.thejakartapost.com/…/surabaya-zoo-scandal-may-prompt-oz-boycott. html
- Javanese bull dies at Surabaya Zoo | The Jakarta Post:- Mar 16, 2012 … A male Javanese bull, or banteng, named Leo, was found dead on Thursday afternoon inside of his pen inSurabaya Zoo in East Java after he …www.thejakartapost.com/…/javanese-bull-dies-surabaya-zoo.html
- Issue of the day: Visitors feel pity for Zoo occupants | The Jakarta Post:-4 days ago … Zoos in Indonesia are managed by incompetent and corrupt people. It seems that Ragunan Zoo, Surabaya Zoo and probably other zoos in …http://www.thejakartapost.com/…/issue-day-visitors-feel-pity-zoo-occupants.html
- Fears rise for sick hippo at troubled zoo | The Jakarta Post:–Oct 28, 2011 … A sick hippopotamus at Surabaya Zoo is in danger of following in the tragic hoof- steps of his former neighbor — a babirusa that died on …http://www.thejakartapost.com/…/fears-rise-sick-hippo-troubled-zoo.html
- Letter: Indonesia’s zoos | The Jakarta Post:-Apr 12, 2012 … In response to the news and articles published by The Jakarta Post about Surabaya Zoo and “The State of The Ark: Zoos in Indonesia”, (March …www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/04/…/letter-indonesia-s-zoos.html
- Issue: The state of the ark: Zoos in Indonesia | The Jakarta Post:-Apr 3, 2012 … The Jakarta Post recently reported the death of a giraffe at the Surabaya Zoo, found to have ingested 20 kilograms of plastic. This is extremely …http://www.thejakartapost.com/…/comment-the-state-ark-zoos-indonesia.html
- DNA test to help save Sumatran elephants | The Jakarta Post:- Jan 16, 2013 … Endangered: An activist washes a Sumatran elephant at Surabaya Zoo in East Java in this file photo. Researchers will conduct DNA-based …http://www.thejakartapost.com/…/dna-test-help-save-sumatran-elephants.html
- Hard to swallow | The Jakarta Post:-Mar 14, 2013 … A Japanese macaque at Surabaya Zoo in East Java tries to eat a plastic bag discarded by a visitor, on Wednesday. Bad behavior by visitors…http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/03/14/hard-swallow.html
- Shining the light on women | The Jakarta Post:-Apr 21, 2013 … In East Java’s capital, Surabaya, veterinarian Jassi Arie Lissia takes care of wild animals, from tigers to crocodiles, in her work at Surabaya Zoo….http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/04/…/shining-light-women.html
- Holy Morrisey | The Jakarta Post:-May 20, 2012 … Please take immediate action to close the Surabaya Zoo and transfer its animals to more suitable environments,” the letter, made available to...www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/05/20/holy-morrisey.html
- Morrissey delivers charming show in Jakarta | The Jakarta Post:-May 11, 2012… requesting the latter to take action on a notorious zoo in East Java. … immediate action to close the decrepit Surabaya Zoo and transfer its …www.thejakartapost.com/…/morrissey-delivers-charming-show-jakarta.html
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Petitions to sign, please spare 5 minutes & help save the animals of the Surabaya Zoo
The last petition relates to Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life The petition has gained many signatures & I am hopeful that when handed over, things will change at the zoo, for the better! So please if you only sign one petition, let it be this one, Sponsored by: Cee4life Conservation & Environmental Education 4 Life
Surabaya Zoo – Joining Forces – Cee4life has joined forces with Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) to help aid the animals of Surabaya Zoo. We are very happy and excited to have connected with JAAN. Together we can do extraordinary things ~ Sybelle
Beno the black bear dies at Surabaya Zoo. R.I.P
Unfortunately, whilst writing this (over several days), I have just found out more tragic news from the above site. Beno the black bear suffering from a terrible skin condition & or cancer, has sadly passed away.
R.I.P Beno, I hope you have now found the freedom & health, that was so cruelly denied you whilst caged up at Surabaya zoo!
Although the above is very sombre news indeed, I am just thankful that Surabaya Zoo Animal Welfare Action – Cee4life have got involved. If anyone can kick their ass…it will be Sybelle!!
Animals For Asia Coalition- Neglect & suffering: – http://asiaforanimals.com/coalition-voice/latest-news/item/63-neglect-and-suffering-at-surabaya-zoo-indonesia
Read the Letter Sent from the ASA on behalf of the following organisations: http://asiaforanimals.com/images/PDF/AFA%20letter_zoo%20licensing_apr12.pdf:-
Asian Animal Protection Network
Animals Asia Foundation
Animal Concerns Research & Education
Humane Society International
Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation Society
International Animal Rescue
International Fund for Animal Welfare
Royal Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals (UK)
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals, Hong Kong
World Society for the Protection of