Will Bangkok's beloved 'King Kong' live and die in a shopping mall?
Jun 16, 2018 — Critically endangered Buanoi (Little Lotus) still remains at the Pata Shopping Mall. Even though the owners have been offered professional gorilla experts to help relocate her to any modern zoo in the world at no charge, Buanoi and many other great apes still spend their days indoors, staring at nothing. Why don't the owners want to help her species survive? Why do they want to keep her in a shopping mall zoo that nobody goes to?
To avoid putting a 'price' on animals and fueling the illegal animal trafficking trade, all modern zoos do not exchange money on any animals they send to other zoos. And thankfully, no modern zoo is allowed to take animals from the wild anymore. The world is finally changing its treatment of captive animals. Most modern zoos now put animal care and welfare at the forefront, with global conservation and environmental education the highest priority. Captive breeding is now a necessity, as major habitat loss have pushed many species to the brink of disappearing forever from the wild. So why do the owners of Pata not want to help the western lowland gorilla species survival? Is there a hidden agenda?
Our campaign has received over 1000 letters from children around the world pleading for a lonely gorilla's compassionate release. We have sent hundreds of these letters to the Pata private zoo owners - many were translated to Thai. We have almost achieved 95000 signatures - and still nothing has changed. These photos were taken recently by one of our supporters who went to Pata to provide us with updated information. But just like we suspected, Buanoi remains alone, staring into nothing like she has done for the last 30 years...
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