Friends of the Orangutans
Free Lasah the elephant from daily abuse
The Langkawi Elephant Adventures (LEA) on Langkawi island, Malaysia, has held the elephant Lasah under deplorable conditions for ten years. Join Friends of the Orangutans in urging the Malaysian Environment Minister to prioritize Lasah's well-being by retiring him to the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary.Lasah is a 36 year old Asian elephant who was born in the wild and has spent over 20 years in several zoos including Singapore Zoo. He has been forced to work in a logging camp, perform in shows including in a popular Malaysian entertainment outlet and used in commercials and the 1999 film Anna and the King.After years of abuse and exploitation Lasah was sent to Langkawi in March 2006 and has since been forced to give rides for hours in sweltering heat and humidity while at the mercy of his handler. Recently investigators found Lasah kept in brutal conditions behind public eyes, chained on all four legs, as exposed in the photo above. This chaining method also breaks the Malaysian wildlife law. Friends of the Orangutans Malaysia suspects Lasah is chained in this cruel manner during LEA's closing hours.Lasah has endured a lonely life of abuse and exploitation at the Langkawi Elephant Adventures and other places long enough. Please speak up for him today and help ensure that he spends the remainder of his days at the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary, where he will have the companionship of other elephants, space, and care that he deserves.
Stop the Shangri-La Orangutan Exploitation
Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is a 5-star holiday resort an hour from Kota Kinabalu, the capital of the Sabah state in Malaysian Borneo. For almost 20 years the Rasa Ria Resort (RR) have been continuously supplied with orphan orangutans from the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (SORC) in Sandakan. According to the Shangri-La website, the purpose of RR's 'Orangutan Care' project is to rehabilitate orangutans (for wild release). The orangutans are later returned to the SORC to continue the rehabilitation process. However, the Shangri-La Group uses the facade of rehabilitation to exploit the orangutans at the resort through tourism for profit. Many individuals have expressed concern regarding the treatment and care orangutans at the resort receive. In late 2014 yet another orangutan, called ‘Tenten’, died at RR. In 2003 three baby orangutans were killed at RR. We have asked the Shangri-La Group to publicly announce the number of orangutans who have died at the resort but they have refused to do so while ignoring our request to voluntarily stop the exploitation at RR. Earlier last year the former General Manager of RR admitted “this (the orangutans at RR) is one of the assets that we have here”. RR's "rehabilitation" of orangutans also breaks the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) guidelines on rehabilitation and the Shangri-La Group is aware of this. In a real rehabilitation centre tourism isn't allowed to a) minimize habituation to humans b) reduce disease risk. Rehabilitation must ONLY take place in a rehab centre (and not a luxury hotel). Please sign and share this petition to demand the Shangri-la Group to stop the exploitation of Sabah's orangutans and return all existing orangutans at RR back to the SORC. No orangutan should be sent to the resort again.
Save Katarina the Orangutan in Malaysia
While imported pandas from China are given VIP treatment daily at Malaysia's Zoo Negara, Katarina, an orangutan who spends her days alone in squalid and deplorable conditions, is given quite the opposite treatment at the Kuala Lipis Zoo in the state of Pahang.Katarina is a victim of the illegal wildlife trade. She was kept as a pet and after she became too big to handle was given up to the Lipis zoo, three years ago. We do not know her age though she is estimated to be between 10 and 12.Visitors can freely feed Katarina junk food and Friends of the Orangutans came across a visitor who tried to get this orangutan to smoke a cigarette. There is no supervision of visitors and the zoo is not in a state to meet the needs of Katarina, as it is also severely underfunded. She is the only orangutan there and needs to be moved so that she can start to exhibit natural behaviours in an environment more suited to a subadult orangutan. While the pandas here receive daily enrichment without fail, Katarina receives none. And her night cage is completely void of any bedding nor enrichment tool and she is forced to sit on cold concrete everyday for at least 12 hours after the zoo is closed.After suffering for many years, it is time she is relocated to the Matang Wildlife Centre in Sarawak, where the Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) provides excellent captive care for orangutans at its sanctuary. At least RM 60 million ($18 million) has been spent on two pandas from China. The least that can be done for poor Katarina is for the Environment Ministry to take her out of her misery and send her to the Matang sanctuary. Please sign and share this petition to ask the Malaysian and Natural Resources & Environment Minister to get Katarina relocated to the Matang Wildlife Centre sanctuary urgently. Thank you for caring.
Help Close Down Danga Bay Zoo – the Worst in all of Malaysia
9/10 UPDATE: SUCCESS! DANGA BAY ZOO FORCED TO CLOSE!!Read here: http://www.nst.com.my/articles/PerhilitanraidsDangaBaypettingzoo/Article/SUCCESS! Thanks to YOU, the infamous Danga Bay Petting Zoo was raided yesterday and ALL animals have been removed! They will be placed in a new home, and their suffering has now ended. Nature Alert would like convey a million THANK YOUS to all of you who signed and shared this petition. Without YOUR calling for this place to be closed, Danga Bay zoo would surely still be operating and the animals' suffering continued! ======================================================== Danga Bay Petting Zoo is located in the state of Johor, southern Malaysia, just over the water from Singapore. This is the worst zoo in all of Malaysia and urgently needs to be closed and the animals relocated to better zoos. There is nothing of education or conservation value to this zoo. This infamous zoo is all about exploitation and the animals there cling to life such as it is in tiny cages. Will you please help us close this zoo? Many thanks for helping out. Nature Alert
Prime Minister of Malaysia: Relocate Shirley and Abu to a good home immediately
SUCCESS!! SHIRLEY AND ABU SAVED!!! Read here: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/9/9/nation/9452571&sec=nation Hello everyone, the news we've all been waiting for is here! Shirley and Abu have been confiscated from the infamous Johor Zoo. In a few weeks time they will be sent to their natural habitat at the Matang wildlife centre in Sarawak, Malaysia. FREEDOM for Shirley and Abu finally. This success was made possible because of YOU. Your calling for these 2 orang utans finally made the authorities move! Trust us when we say this wouldn't happen if you didn't come forward to help. Nature Alert would like to THANK YOU for your help! You are amazing! ========================================================== Would you like to help save two wonderful orangutans from a life of misery in the infamous Johor Zoo, southern Malaysia? Yes? Then all you need to do is to sign on to this petition and the letter we have prepared will be on its way to Malaysia’s Prime Minister and other VIP’s. If then you would like to follow the progress of this campaign you can do so at the FB page of Sean Whyte here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000899630215 Shirley is a cigarette smoking orangutan, and she is consistently fed junk food thrown at her by visitors to the zoo. Shirley, alone in her enclosure has barely anything to do all day long everyday. Abu, the male orangutan, is rarely if ever allowed outside of his dungeon-like cage. The temperature and humidity inside must be torturous, as the weather in Malaysia is notoriously hot and humid. Please help save Shirley and Abu by signing this petition. Many thanks for helping out. Nature Alert