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Indonesian Government: Cancel the Move to a Bali Zoo for Bona and Aswita from ECC

BACKGROUND
Bona is a 2 year old orphaned Sumatran elephant calf in the care of the Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC) in Seblat, Sumatra. The international community is concerned and alarmed at the shocking news from Sumatra that the Indonesian government now have plans to relocate Bona and her foster mother Aswita to a zoo in Bali.

ABOUT BONA
In March 2011 as a 6 month old, she was found abandoned and malnourished and near to death, in a palm oil plantation. She was rescued and taken to the ECC. A team of committed supporters from all over the world, donated $25,000 to purchase life-saving supplements for Bona who thankfully is now thriving again and her condition has significantly improved.

Her future at the ECC was to become a future patrol-elephant to protect her own species against deforestation.

WHY WE NEED HELP
We are totally opposed and urgently call on the international animal-loving community to assist us to help Bona remain at her home at the ECC and especially within the social bonds and care found with her foster family of elephants and the ongoing care she requires, pledged by her supporters.

Bona has a very strong bond with her foster mother, Aswita, Without her, Bona’s continued recovery is certainly not assured. Separating Bona and Aswita will have a devastating impact on Bona's health, which although has recently improved, still has a long way to go for her internal and psychological recovery.

Bona is a poorly animal that requires around the clock care by specialised veterinarians who have experience working with orphaned calves, in particular one who is lactose intolerant. Veterinarians state that a zoo environment is not suitable for her health recovery and continued improvement.

For Bona’s health and to ensure she recovers from her ailments and grows properly, she will require bottle feeding, with special supplements for the next 1-2 years. The cost of these supplements are $2000 US per month. This cost is being met by international supporters and will continue to be so whilst Bona remains at ECC.

Due to Bona’s circumstances, she is extremely sensitive to stress and veterinarians are strongly concerned that the relocation will drastically affect her health.

HOW SUPPORTERS CAN ASSIST
Please sign this petition to voice your support that Bona does not belong in a zoo.

Should Bona stay at the ECC, a team of committed individuals will continue to provide financial and in-kind support to Bona to provide vital supplements for as long as she requires them, you can assist in Bona's continued recovery.

We fully support Bona’s important role as a future patrol elephant, working to protect her fellow species from human-elephant conflict and deforestation. We cannot support her being used as a tourist attraction in a zoo.

Her species are critically endangered, it’s very important to Bona's friends around the globe that the Sumatran elephant is protected for the sake of the future generations. Bona has already raised significant awareness by her very famous story, and we strongly believe that the ECC should continue to use this for the benefit of the survival of her species through eco-tourism and conservation patrols.

BONA NEEDS AROUND THE CLOCK CARE – The government are sadly putting money before this infant’s health.

A GROUP OF WORLDWIDE SUPPORTERS will fund the entire medical treatment for Bona for 5-10 years if she is to stay at the ECC.

We need YOUR help. We need you to voice your concern by signing this petition to the authorities in Indonesia. Then please share the petition widely on twitter, via facebook, by email and Change.org channels. We must be her voice.

More information here: http://www.earsasia.org/bona.html

Thank you for your attention for Bona, Aswita and the Elephants at ECC.

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Our Request to the Indonesian Government

The international community, and elephant groups are extremely concerned about the relocation of Sumatran elephant calf, Bona and her foster mother Aswita to a Bali Zoo.

We respectfully urge the Indonesian government to halt the plans to have Bona and Aswita moved.

We respectfully request that Bona and her foster mother, Aswita remain in the care of the ECC where she has been rehabilitated over the past 18 months and has shown such significant improvements.

We are committed to assisting Bona and ECC to continue her care whilst at the ECC in the way of supplementation for bottle feeding for the next 1-2 years and to support her medial care for the next 5-10 years, as required.

We also respectfully request the arrangements being made with the Bali Zoo for the transfer of a further 4 elephants (total of 6) be cancelled in the best interests of the elephants that now have a settled and happy life at ECC.

Our Reasons for the Request
Bona has a very strong bond with her foster mother, Aswita, Without her, Bona’s continued recovery is certainly not assured. Separating Bona and Aswita will have a devastating impact on Bona's health, which although has recently improved, still has a long way to go for her internal and psychological recovery.

Bona is a poorly animal that requires around the clock care by specialised veterinarians who have experience working with orphaned calves, in particular one who is lactose intolerant. Veterinarians state that a zoo environment is not suitable for her health recovery and continued improvement.

For Bona’s health and to ensure she recovers from her ailments and grows properly, she will require bottle feeding, with special supplements for the next 1-2 years. The cost o these supplements are $2000 US per month. This cost is being met by international supporters and will continue to be so whilst Bona remains at ECC.

Due to Bona’s circumstances, she is extremely sensitive to stress and veterinarians are strongly concerned that the relocation will drastically affect her health.

In relation to the other 4 elephants at ECC that may also be listed for relocation to the Bali Zoo, the international elephant community, based in years of scientific knowledge concurs that zoos, no matter how good they may be, are totally unsuitable environments for elephants.

We thank you for your consideration and urge, with all respect, that you intervene and assist in this matter.