Bandung Zoo Project
Bandung Zoo – Enclosure Upgrade, Animal Support and Education Project by Cee4life
Bandung Zoo (Kebun Bintatang Bandung) is situated in the City of Bandung, West Java, Indonesia and covers an area of 14 hectares. The zoo itself was built in 1933, and in those days people thought that digging a hole in the ground and throwing an animal in there was ok. As human beings have become more educated as to the needs of animals that are in captive environments, we now know that these types of enclosures are not a healthy living environment.
The zoo forest is the most pristine and untouched forest in the City of Bandung which contains numerous protected plant species
One of the beautiful forest areas within Bandung Zoo. Photo Cee4life One of the better enclosures for the Crocodiles. Photo Cee4life
While there has been a variety of animal deaths over the years, the causes of these deaths has never been from starvation. The begging of the sun bears is learned behavior caused by people feeding the animals. This is one of the many things that visitors must be prevented from doing and educated on the reasons why. The cause of the elephant, Yani’s, death will be revealed in the near future.
In January 2017, Cee4life was contacted by multiple concerned animal lovers who had viewed a video purporting to show “starving bears begging for food” in Bandung Zoo. We immediately contacted the Chairman of the Indonesian Zoo’s and Aquariums, Dr Tony Sumampau, who reassured us that no such thing was happening, and in fact no animals were starving within the zoo. We received detailed reports and photographs which showed the reality of the situation. While no animals were immediately starving, other urgent actions are needed.
We arranged to visit the zoo in March and April 2017 to see the condition and how we could help the animals. The Indonesian Zoo’s and Aquariums have been helping the zoo for the last year, but on meeting with the management we have found our help is very needed and has been very welcomed.
Our visit has found that the current situation is balancing on a knife edge and could go either way.
Cee4life immediately offered to help the zoo with the following
1) Enclosure upgrades
3) Assistance with food provision
4) Assistance with veterinary aid
5) Implementation of education programs and community participation
We have been given two large enclosures to upgrade
One of the enclosures Cee4life has been given to upgrade. Another of the enclosures Cee4life has been given to upgrade
There are 3 vital factors that convinced us to help.
1) The animals in Bandung Zoo are very loved but need a lot immediate and urgent help.
2) The old growth forest containing critically endangered plant species that need to be absolutely protected.
3) Out of no wrong doing of their own, the management of Bandung Zoo have fallen on hard times.
Realistically, if help is not provided immediately and efficiently, then the situation has the potential of declining rapidly.
With your help and support, Cee4life is going into Bandung Zoo on a semi-permanent basis to begin work on the upgrades of enclosures, enrichment, assistance with food provision, assistance with veterinary aid when needed, and the implementation of education programs and community participation programs. We will be assisted and advised by the Indonesian zoo’s and Aquariums and the management of Bandung to implement the most humane enclosures that are in line with ‘The Five Freedoms”, which are:
- Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigour
- Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind
- Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
One of the tigers that Cee4life will build an enclosure for
We have always known that education action is one of the most vitally important keys in protecting animals, whether animals are wild or captive. Education has the potential to stop up and coming poachers, to stop animal abuse, to save habitat, to create a network of protectors in some of the most environmentally impacted areas and to protect what is left of wildlife. From our base in Bandung Zoo, we will filter these education programs across SE Asia and into India, and wherever else we can. Teaching compassion towards animals is much needed and from previous compassion programs we have implemented, we have seen amazing and ongoing results. All it takes is to do it.
2 minutes of education stopped these children and their teachers from feeding the bears.
Our fundraiser will go live this week and we hope that you will support this mission. In the meantime you can donate via the button on our front page or direct to our account, details found here – http://www.cee4life.org/supporters/
If you have ever wished that you could help a zoo in need, this is your chance.
Cee4life is in the process of creating a volunteer program where you will be able to join in and help with this very humane mission for the animals. This volunteer program should be up and running by June 2017. For those interested, please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
We will do ongoing updates of this very important project and hope that many of you will join in, visit and support these very humane efforts.
Please help us help these animals and educate as many people as we can on compassion to the animals.
Ultimately, one day we would like to say this is Bandung Sanctuary, not Zoo.
Some of the Binturongs that need new enclosures Photo Cee4life