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Wild Welfare responds to claims of chained elephant at Surabaya Zoo


Wild Welfare responds to claims of chained elephant at Surabaya Zoo

Wild Welfare is aware of pictures being circulated on social media of a chained young elephant, said to be at Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia. The photo is disturbing and the elephant’s distress obvious.

Wild Welfare regards training techniques involving physical punishment, or training practices that compromise the animal’s physical or behavioural health, development or psychological well-being as completely unacceptable.

Wild Welfare has queried the photograph with the management of Surabaya Zoo. They have pointed out that the photograph is an old one, taken before 2014 and are insistent they no longer train elephants in this manner. We will continue to monitor and work with the key stakeholders, to try and ensure that Surabaya Zoo provides the best standards of care they can for their elephants and other animals.


Notes to Editors

For more information or interview requests please contact Wild Welfare on Wild Welfare is a global organisation committed to improving animal welfare standards in captive wild animal facilities. Its mission is to partner with zoo associations, accredited zoos and aquariums, zoo professionals and leading international animal welfare organizations in identifying and improving the conditions of captive wild animals kept under circumstances of severe distress.

Wild Welfare was established in 2012 and has rapidly established itself as an internationally recognised hub in zoo animal welfare reform, forming effective collaborative relationships with a number of animal welfare NGOs, reputable universities and professional bodies.

Wild Welfare’s vision is to end the suffering of captive wild animals around the world and ensure that full and sustainable protection is given to all animals in human care.