Cyber Animal Case Studies – Case 1 – Diseased exotic animals and what you should know.

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Film by US Rebecca Rodriguez –

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.

In situations like this, our human hearts react long before any intelligent thought kicks in.  We are filled with sorrow that this poor animal is in such a dreadful condition.  But what fails many people is that they have no idea of what the serious repercussions can be from acquiring these animals in these markets.  In 2017, a unknown US woman by the name of Rebecca Rodriguez, who claimed to be in Indonesia to help so called “starving sunbears” in Bandung Zoo (who were not starving) is led by a local to an illegal animal market.  Rebecca herself highlights in her video clearly that these animals are in an illegal animal market. Note: Illegal.

What unfolded next was Rebecca Rodriguez and her “team” of “experts” proceed to document the procurement of two otters, from what she herself has labelled an illegal animal market.  The sweet music and touching video documents the so called rescue of the protected and endangered Asian small clawed otter.  What followed was a crafted heart wrenching video and a story that was swung to coerce the public into believing what a wonderful human being this person was for procuring this endangered protected species from an illegal market. Low and behold, Rodriguez forgets to mention the punishment that goes with procuring illegal animals from markets in a foreign country.

What happened to the intelligent thoughts that said “call the police” or “call the zoos and aquariums”?  That is only a question that the film maker can answer. So not one, but two otters were procured.

What happened next was beyond comprehension.  The otters are taken to a hotel, where they are then seen inside a shower with a human being.

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Otters like this, especially in the illegal animal trade, carry some of the most deadly diseases that can be passed onto humans and to other animals.  So after this showering episode, the otters were taken to a wildlife sanctuary in Indonesia where thankfully they were immediately put into quarantine.  This was very fortunate because the otters were diseased and could have wiped out the entire sanctuaries population.

Sadly, this type of behavior encourages more people to do the same thing but we hope that this article has educated in what you must not do.

If you go to one of these illegal animal markets and you see a protected endangered species, your first point of call should be the police and the zoos and aquariums. Dont do what these people did in this video.

No matter how much it pulls at your heart strings, procuring animals from illegal markets doesnt help the animals, and in fact it feeds the demand for more animals to be stolen from the wild and sold in the very same illegal animal market.

We hope that the people who acquired these diseased otters and showered with them and cuddled up with them were fully inoculated.

The message here is – dont buy animals from illegal markets, dont shower with them, dont cuddle them – report them to the authorities or legitimate wildlife authorites.

Raju the Elephant – Sri Lanka


After 4 months of getting aid to Raju the elephant, we are very sad to announce that Raju passed away under very troubling circumstances.  We will endeavor to keep working with the Sri Lankan NGO’s to help in whatever way we can.  Further investigations into Raju’s death continues.

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 will continue 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 sunbears enclosure upgrade at Bandung Zoological Gardens

Renovation sunbear big cats

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.

Full as a boot

Animal abusers guilty of deliberate set up of Orangutan


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 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 platform need to enforce stricter protocols to prevent further fake fundraisers and petitions.

Further updates will be provided
Please stop hurting animals.

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AGM 27th June 2018


AGM 27th June 2018

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The Cyber Animal Case Files

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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.