Diseased exotic animals and what you should know

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Rescuing an otter from an illegal market? Right or wrong? Picture/film by Rebecca Rodriguez – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4xLG8m7too

There are many people in the world who would do anything to save an animal.  In most cases it is very normal for an animal lover to want to ease the suffering of an injured or abused animal that they may come across.  But there are some rules in regard to this. 1) Dont buy animals from known illegal black markets in foreign countries, and 2) Dont walk into foreign countries looking for an animal to save in a seedy venue.  The otter pictured above was in a hellish situation. Probably captured from the wild, kept in filthy conditions and fed incorrectly.  A desperate sight in deed. But should you acquire it? 

Link to article – http://www.cee4life.org/diseased-exotic-animals-and-what-you-should-know/

Two Years On: The Tiger Temple Tigers

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Two Years On – The Tiger Temple Tigers
Recently, an article was published by an organisation named “For Tigers”. From information available, the formation of the “For Tigers” organisation occurred AFTER the Department of National Parks in Thailand confiscated the tigers from the notorious Tiger Temple in 2016. We feel that the public needs to know for transparency purposes who “For Tigers” is and who they consists of. “For Tigers” was created by ex tiger temple volunteers and other members. While an organisation like this is good in writing, we believe that their article deserves a response

Link to article – http://www.cee4life.org/two-years-on-the-tiger-temple-tigers/

Raju the Elephant - Sri Lanka

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In March 2018, Cee4life were approached by a conservationist in Sri Lanka who was seeking aid to a wild elephant named Raju, who had been shot while foraging and those bullets were still lodged in his legs. After a myriad of logistical problems, Raju received the Veterinary expertise in June 2018.   The complex operation to remove the bullets would be done in late July 2018 by the brilliant Veterinarians from Four Paws.  Sadly, due to troubling circumstances occurring between 30th June 2018 – 2nd July 2018, Raju passed away.  Cee4life continues to work with Sri Lankan NGO’s for the conservation, protection and education for the animals.

Further investigations into Raju’s death continues.

First look at the sun-bears enclosure upgrade at Bandung Zoological Gardens

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The upgrading of Bandung Zoological Gardens continues.  Above the Sun-bears exhibit under construction

Bandung Zoological Gardens is the first privately owned zoological garden in Indonesia to dedicate themselves

to a complete upgrade of the entire venue to include the five freedoms for the animals to

the best standard possible. The long anticipated sun bears enclosure is near completion and will open very soon.

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Animal abusers guilty of deliberate set up of Orangutan- Bandung Zoological Gardens

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Atim – 17 years old Bandung Zoological Gardens

A female and male have been caught by security in Bandung Zoological Gardens after they threw a cigarette into the enclosure of one of the protected orangutans. While questioning the pair, it was found that they deliberately set out to abuse an orangutan by throwing a cigarette into the enclosure and making a video in the hope that it would go viral.  Further background checks are now being carried out on these abusers.  This is not the first time that this has happened at the Bandung Zoological Gardens.

The zoo has weathered a storm of abuse after misleading video was released in May 2016 claiming sun-bears were starving in the zoo. The video focused on one of the oldest sun-bears on earth and gave the public no context.  The film went viral and caused the most vile worldwide abuse upon the venue [which is in the process of massive upgrade] in recent history.  This was followed by numerous abusive emails and phone calls to Bandung Zoological Gardens and any organisation that was helping them.  Soon after, petitions were created with false and misleading information.  Fundraising campaigns were created by unknown entities said to help the “starving” sun-bears. One notable GoFundMe from a 2017 campaign raised $54000 US, however nothing was ever given to help any animals within Bandung.  In 2016, it was proven by Indonesian Zoos and Aquariums, that there were no starving animals in Bandung Zoological Gardens, however the viral abuse continues today.

An enormous amount of hatred was incited due to continuous false and misleading information being published via a petition on the Change.org platform, which has reached over 1 million people.   This incitement of hatred has caused a number of people to copy the actions of the original May 2016 viral film, and come into Bandung Zoological Gardens to set up the animals with forms of abuse and to film it.  This was then posted online coercing the public to believe that Bandung Zoological Gardens was doing this to their animals. Earlier this year, another orangutan named Ozone, was targeted and thrown a cigarette by yet another “film-maker” and that video went viral. This is animal abuse.

In this current situation, the orangutan that had the cigarette thrown at him is named Atim and has been at Bandung Zoological Gardens for 17 years.
Atim ate the cigarette.
The Veterinarians are keeping a watchful eye on him to ensure this has not impacted his health and that he does not have any negative reaction.  
There is a mindset in some people who think it is funny to give orangutans cigarettes. This mentality needs to be ended, if not by education then by prosecution, or both.
Once all background checks have been completed on the abusers of Atim the orangutan, they will prosecuted.

While we understand that there are many captive venues in the world that have very low standards and should be closed, to harass and bully a zoo in Indonesia (that has dedicated themselves to a massive upgrades and more) to such a vile extent, has nothing to do with care or help to these animals (that can not be released or re-homed), and everything to do with ignorance and self serving agenda’s.

Lastly, the GoFundMe site and Change.org platform need to enforce stricter protocols to prevent further fake fundraisers and petitions.

Further updates will be provided
Please stop hurting animals.

Media contact – cee4lifeinc@outlook.com

 

Critically Endangered Javanese Leopards of Bandung Zoological Gardens, INDONESIA

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The critically endangered Javanese Leopards of Bandung Zoological Gardens update

Link – http://www.cee4life.org/current-projects/

Update on the Sunbears of Bandung Zoological Gardens

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Update on the Sunbears of Bandung Zoological Gardens

Link – http://www.cee4life.org/current-projects/

Bandung Zoological Gardens - Big cat enclosure renovations continue

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Bandung Zoological Gardens continues renovations.  Big cat enclosure upgrades

Read more – http://www.cee4life.org/current-projects/

 

The Cyber Animal Case Studies

 

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The Cyber Animal Case Files – Cee4life
 
25th March 2018
Cee4life will be releasing a series of very interesting case studies on a different human threat to animals. The study is ongoing has been conducted over years and will look closely at the mechanisms, behavior, actions, threats and the impact of human cyber behavior which translates itself into real life mild to severe negative impacts on animals. The first case in this series of studies was possible due to a unique set of circumstances carried out very publicly online combined with the open access to the animals which were cyber targeted.
 
This series of case studies is eye opening while also being an educational opportunity to prevent further negative impacts upon animals due to cyber situations.
 
The first in the case study series will be released in the coming weeks.
 
 
http://www.cee4life.org/the-cyber-animal-case-files/

 

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Education Program Update Feb 2018

Please click on link to read more – http://www.cee4life.org/education-cee4life

 

Big Cat Enclosure Upgrades Feb 2018

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More upgrades on enclosures for the big cats of Bandung Zoological Gardens

Read more here – http://www.cee4life.org/current-projects/

 

New Tiger Dens Finished Dec 2017

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New tiger dens finished at Bandung Zoological Gardens

Read more here – http://www.cee4life.org/current-projects/

Mayor of Bandung, Ridwan Kamil, Opens Elephants Enclosures, Releases Songbirds, and Presents Certificates to Cee4life Educators

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The Mayor of Bandung, Ridwan Kamil, officially opened the new elephants enclosure at Bandung Zoologicial Gardens, released the Songbirds back into the forests and presented Cee4life educators with their certificates

Read more here – http://www.cee4life.org/current-projects/  and here – http://www.cee4life.org/education-cee4life/

Education Program Update

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New educators from our kindness and compassion to animals education programs at Bandung Zoo

Read more here – http://www.cee4life.org/education-cee4life/

Unchained - The Elephants of Bandung Zoological Gardens

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The enclosures for the elephants of Bandung Zoological Gardens have been opened and the elephants Selma and Ira are free to roam at will. 

For more on this and other progress in Bandung Zoological Gardens, please go to http://www.cee4life.org/current-projects/

Bandung Zoological Gardens - Animals and Education Update July 2017

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Bandung Zoological Gardens Latest Update July 2017 – http://www.cee4life.org/bandung-zoological-gardens-animals-and-education/

For all news on Bandung Zoo – http://www.cee4life.org/current-projects/

Tiger Temple Media and Updates

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See Media Releases  – http://www.cee4life.org/past-projects-investigative-reports/
Tiger Temple Report – http://www.cee4life.org/wp-content/uploads/cee4life_tiger-temple-report.pdf

Cee4life media contact

cee4lifeinc@outlook.com

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Bandung Zoo, INDONESIA 26/01/2017

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FALSE CLAIMS OF STARVING BEARS

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Above photograph – 23 year old “Kardit” the Sunbear who is at the center of false starvation claims. Photograph taken 17/01/2017

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Cee4life Correspondent Report (CCR)

A video that was released by an Indonesian group on 16th May 2016, which was said to show “starving” bears,  has recently resurfaced and become a viral video causing outrage across the world with animal lovers.

Cee4life was contacted by numerous concerned members of the public and asked to assist.

After investigating these “starvation” claims,  Cee4life has found that these claims are false.

After communicating with Indonesian authorities, we can confirm that the video is old and from May 2016. The identity of who re-uploaded the video is unknown at this time. 

The situation is as follows:

* In mid 2015, the only Veterinarian that Bandung Zoo had, resigned due to lack of funds.  The owner and Chairman of Bandung Zoo carried on the best he could, however he became very ill by early 2016.

* The Minister of Environment and Forestry contacted the Perhimpunan Kebun Bintatang Se- Indonesia or PKBSI, (English translation – Indonesian zoos and Aquariums Association) asking if they could aid Bandung Zoo. PKBSI accepted and has been helping the animals of Bandung Zoo since May 2016.
 
* PKBSI has sent a team of Veterinarians from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine IPB , the Veterinary Association of Indonesia and a Veterinarian from Taman Safari Indonesia, in addition to curators and head keepers from Taman Safari Indonesia who brought medicine to help the animals of Bandung zoo.
 
* The Taman Safari Veterinarians rotate through Bandung Zoo 3 days per week until Bandung Zoo employs a Veterinarian of their own.
 
“Kardit” the Sunbear
 
There are 11 Sunbears in Bandung Zoo, all have had Veterinary checks and all are in good health.  In the original video, a specific sun-bear was identified who looked thinner than the others. This began the “starvation” commentary.
The sun-bear in question is named “Kardit” and he is 23 years old.  Kardit is nearly at the full lifespan age of a sun-bear (25 – 30 years) and has a normal physical condition of a bear this age. Kardit eats very well and is not starving. None of the bears or other animals are starving at this time.
 
The begging that is seen in the video is caused by tourists who have fed the bears. Tourists are not supposed to feed the bears, however many have and the bears have learned to reach out for food when tourists come by. This is a human caused problem that is prevalent in many zoo across SE Asia.
 
In conclusion, Bandung Zoo was in trouble, but since May 2016 it has been receiving aid from the Indonesian Zoo’s and Aquariums.  While the enclosures are not ideal, the animals are being fed and have received Veterinary aid since May 2016. Cee4life will endeavor to monitor the progress of the animals over the coming months to reassure the public that the animals are in good health. It was also found that even if the authorities wish to relocate the animals, there is simply no facility or sanctuary to house these animals at this time.
If there is a need to help out with aid, we will inform the public on this.
 
There are many photographs and film footage that circulates the internet.  It can be very upsetting, however it may not be what it presents as. We highly advise that if you see this type of video please contact Cee4life or any other organisation or authority.  Cee4life will always endeavor to investigate the facts.
 
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Part of Kardits exhibit – (Note: Sunbear in tree is not Kardit”  Sunbears are rotated though this exhibit)
 
 
Team in Bandung
 
The team of Veterinarians, curators and head keepers from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine IPB ,
the Veterinary Association of Indonesia and Taman Safari Indonesia aiding Bandung Zoo since May 2016
 
 
Cee4life media
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