The Surabaya Zoo (Kebun Binatang Surabaya) in Indonesia is one of the largest zoos in South East Asia. Founded in 1916, this zoo is 37 acres large and is home to over 350 species of exotic animals. In recent years the zoo has grown widespread with allegations of mistreatment, malnutrition, and uncontrolled breeding. In 2010, the Forestry Ministry revoked Surabaya’s zoo license after many deaths, such including rare species like the Sumatran tigers. In recent years this zoo has been renamed as the “Zoo of Death”.
According to a source, zoo keepers are to blame for most of the deaths. Reports say employees at The Surabaya Zoo have been known to steal the meat for the animals and sell it to the black market.
With the zoo’s entry price at a low $11.70 per person. It does not provide enough cash flow to feed, house, and provide the animals with proper medical care. Within this price, visitors can see numerous shows including an elephant ride. In recent news, a giraffe that passed was reportedly found with an 18kg plastic ball in its stomach. This giraffe is said to have been living off the food from visitors and eating candy bars with the wrappers still attached. Some animals have chronic long term back and leg problems, due to the lack of exercise from their small enclosures.
The breeding at this zoo is out of control! It has been reported that approximately 200 pelicans live in an enclosure the size of a basketball court and they do not have room to move their wings.
You might be relieved to hear that some animals are receiving exercise from these zoo keepers and their conditions are improving. However, during their exercise, there are purportedly zoo keepers who are still physically abusing the animals.
As you read through this article you might find yourself asking “What can I do to help?” Let me tell you what we can do to help put this zoo to an end. There are two active petitions on www.change.org. These petitions are asking for your simple signature. With each signature, we are one step closer to calling on the President of The Surabaya Zoo to mandate the following actions.
1) Close down the Surabaya zoo permanently and dismiss the management. Hire reputable, qualified staff to engage in the immediate care of the animals.
2) Increase the funding and security to ensure all animals receive the proper diet, and medical attention necessary.
3) For any animal where rehabilitation is feasible to the point where the animal could survive in the wild, rehabilitation must take place under the direction of qualified experts, so that they can be released back into the wild.
4) Any animals with incurable, degenerative conditions, and that are in significant pain must be humanely euthanized based on the recommendation of veterinary experts.
5) Commission an enquiry with the view to identify the causes of the conditions and the zoo, and the prosecution of those responsible for the state of the animals.
Please sign the petitions below and help these animals receive the proper nutrition and medical care they deserve!