Regular readers of the Zoo News Digest Blog or are on the ZooNews Digest mailing list will not have missed my comments on the situation with the Lions in Giza Zoo in Egypt. If you looked you would become only too aware of the run down facilities for the lions.
I have never had the dubious pleasure of visiting this collection but am only too aware of others observations, private comments, video footage and more. It is certainly not a collection that would be very high on my list of places to send animals.
In fact, as things stand at present I would not send any animal at all. Why? Because this collection used to be a member of WAZA! Note the 'used to be'. Their membership was suspended in 2004!!!.... because it failed to meet the standards required for a zoo to continue being a member (see HERE for recent news). They have not regained membership.
All collections, and especially members or organisations like WAZA and EAZA have a duty of care to ensure that any animals moved on will recieve the same level or better care.
Yet, here we have the Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort sending Orangutans to Giza. The Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort is a member of WAZA! How on earth are they justified in doing this? How can they send Orangutans to a collection which was kicked out of their sister organisation because of poor standards and care? I really cannot see how it is allowed. Sorry folks but something does not just smell here.....it stinks!!!
One wonders if there is an ulterior motive at work here. Is it simply a shortage of space in Al Ain (in which case there are far better collections than Giza to consider) or is it because Giza has something which Al Ain wants?
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