Gembiraloka zoo, Yogyakarta, has discontinued wildlife attractions in this zoo. A Senior Investigator from Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, monitored this zoo on Sunday (26th of November 2017) and found that the wildlife attractions such as otters pushing cart, photo session with orangutan, sun bear riding a bike, all have been discontinued. All these cruel attractions have been changed by a good quality educational activity.
Visitors of this zoo are regularly shown various species of animals such as orangutans, otters, sun bears, and various species of bird with explanation from zoo officers about the lives of each animal in their respective wild habitats, their diets, etc. The visitors look enthusiastic about this activity as they gain knowledge of the Indonesian rare animals.
An officer at Gembiraloka zoo told Scorpion that Gembiraloka Zoo management has stopped wildlife circus due to many protests through social media, especially the circus of a sun bear riding bicycle.
Since last year, Scorpion has monitored this zoo and criticized exploitation of animals in this zoo including forcing of bear to ride a bike, direct contact with orangutans during photo session with orangutans. All of these cruel attractions have now been shifted to an education activity.
Scorpion Foundation, also called the Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, works to support the government of Indonesia in preventing extinction of rare wildlife in Indonesia, and preventing cruelty to animals at zoos, safari parks, and in wildlife markets.
Animals Asia Foundation and Change for Animals Foundation are two international NGO’s supporting the work of Scorpion in Indonesia.
Other NGO’s such as The Orangutan Project (TOP), Beuval Nature, Global Greengrant Fund, Rettet den Regenwald, Animal House, are also support Scorpion work in Indonesia.
Below are the most recent pictures taken by Senior Investigator of Scorpion on Sunday (26/11/2017) which show a more natural atmosphere with the animals in the Gembiraloka Zoo. We also give links to videos when wildlife circus were held in in Gembiraloka zoo.
GEMBIRALOKA ZOO NOW
Orangutan and sun bear can now play in a natural environment while zoo officer giving explanation to visitors.
GEMBIRALOKA ZOO BEFORE
Photo session with orangutan and sun bear circus. These activities have been discontinued in Bembiraloka zoo.