The Manila Zoo Has Failed Mali

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Mali, the Manila Zoo’s lonely and ailing elephant, still has not been sent to a sanctuary. Dr Jane Goodall recently joined the effort to help Mali by writing to the Philippines president to support his directive ordering that Mali be reviewed and considered for transfer to a sanctuary. In the letter, Goodall emphasizes the importance of transferring Mali as soon as possible so that Mali can finally receive proper veterinary care and enjoy the companionship of other elephants.

“I am heartened to learn that you agree that action must be taken for this ailing elephant,” writes Goodall. “Elephants need the company and companionship of other elephants. Even if Mali were in a sound state physically, keeping her alone in a cramped, barren pen is still ethically indefensible.”

“The Manila Zoo has failed Mali. Not only is she suffering from isolation and captivity-induced foot problems, I’ve also learned that she has not even had basic blood work conducted in the three and a half decades that she’s been at the zoo,” Goodall continues. “The demonstrated lack of preventive care and prophylactic treatment is indicative of the inadequate expertise available to Mali. This elephant has suffered long enough.”

Considered the world’s foremost ethologist, Goodall has a decades-long career that encompasses work on many conservation issues. For her environmental and humanitarian work, she has been named a Dame Commander of the British Empire and a United Nations Messenger of Peace and has been recognised by France, Japan, Spain and Tanzania, among other nations.

You can join Goodall by sending a message in support of Mali’s transfer, too.

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Comments

  • paola luciani commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

    free Mali!

  • Gray Philip Joy commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Nothing deserves to be left alone to suffer like this.

  • Doreen Renphrey commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Mali needs a sanctuary with space to roam and the companionship of other elephants. She needs love and loving people to care for her and about her. She needs open grassy area with trees and natural herbs growing. She needs lots of fruit and vegetables and natural herbs and plants. She needs fresh running water to drink and she needs a fresh pool to bathe and roll in. She needs you to find this sacred place of a beautiful natural environment. She needs to be taken out of the prison NOW!

  • Dawn Harrison commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Please release her, let her be with other elephants…..

  • lastonier@hotmail.com commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Please show some compassion and let this beautiful animal live her days out in peace with others of her kind.

  • Roxana Aslani commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Please release this elephant into a sanctuary so that it may live a life that is natural and humane. This is the most sickening, horrifying story of animal abuse that I have heard in a long time.

    We are human beings and we must be compassionate to animals that feel pain, sadness, lonliness and heartache the way that we do.

    PLEASE RELEASE THIS ANIMAL FROM CAPTIVITY TO A SANCTUARY NOW.

  • Fay Stebbings commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Dear Zoo…please would you consider taking up the offer for Mali to have help with her health issues?
    Also for her to be with other elephants, because they are just like you & me…they need company, they need to feel the touch of their own kind…another being that speaks their language…eats the same food…
    I realise it may be hard for you to let go, but you could still see her…and be amazed at how much happier & healthier she would be.
    I hope that you can make the right choice soon.
    Thank you

  • ileana ostropolsky commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Quiero dar mi apoyo absoluto a esta campaña, esperando que Malí pueda ser liberada pronto para ponerse en manos de ayuda veterinaria y salir del confinamiento al que ha estado sometida.

    POR FAVOR! dejemos que tenga un final feliz!
    Gracias

  • Sophie Kramer commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Please release Mali to a sanctuary, where she can live with the care, company and peace she deserves. No elephant should be kept in the conditions she’s currently in and for 35 years is shocking.

    Please help put this right, but making a difference to Mali now.

  • catherine campbell commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

    please let this poor elephant have a short time of happiness .Do the right thing make her happy!!!!

  • Pauline Bunner commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

    HOW CAN THIS BE HAPPENING? AN ELEPHANT IN CONFINEMENT FOR 35YRS? THIS IS UTTERLY DISGRACEFUL AND WORSE THAN THAT….IT’S CRUELTY. THIS ELEPHANT SHOULD BE SENT TO A SANCTUARY WHERE IT’S GOING TO SPEND THE REST OF ITS LIFE BEING LOVED AND CARED FOR, AND MORE THAN THAT, IT SHOULD HAVE FREEDOM TO DISPLAY ITS NATURAL TENDENCIES.

  • Paula Tempest commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Mali is a herd animal and must be so isolated in her present captivity. Give her a chance of happiness by caring for her in a facility that provides her with proper veterinary care and fitting surroundings. 35 years is a long time to live without love.

  • Claudia Patten commented on September 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Please Save Mali!! Let her be free. Elephants need the company and companionship of other elephants. Even if Mali were in a sound state physically, keeping her alone in a cramped, barren pen is still ethically indefensible.

  • Claudia Patten commented on September 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Please Save Mali!! Let her be free. Elephants need the companionship and company of other elephants. Just because Mali is ALIVE physically, keeping her by herself in a cramped, isolated cage is still ethically despicable!

  • Laura Geraghty commented on September 25, 2012 at 11:14 am

    This is appalling!!! Please free this animal now! What is the justification for keeping this poor animal caged? ??

  • Lisa Langridge commented on September 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I am disgusted that he has still not be moved to a safer and better place for him to live out his life in comfort and care.

    Lisa

  • alison butler commented on September 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    to treat this poor intelligent, gentle elephant in such a deplorable way is disgusting. please let her live her remaining years with her own kind. this is nothing short of mental and physical torment. as supposedly superior beings, humans fall far short of the animal kingdom. i thought the phillpines were quite civilised, but cruelty such as this is not civilised behaviour. please swallow your pride and let her go to live with other elephants.

  • michael braithwaite commented on September 25, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    that zoo should not exsist if thats the way they treat animals

  • Sharon Brock commented on September 25, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Please let this poor animal go to the sanctuary,being locked in a small concrete pen is not the place for this elephant:(I think she has suffered enough!!!

  • Jill Matthews commented on September 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    This elephant needs the love and care of her own kind. Family that will understand her.

  • Douglas Rutherford commented on September 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Please accept my support in your ruest to set this poor elephant free.

  • Pamela McLuskie commented on September 25, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Please release Mali and let her go to the sanctury and be with other elephants and get the medical care she needs,it must be horrible to be caged up like that when in nature they roam free in herds. Look into your heart and imagine what she feels like….very sad and lonely there are plenty of people supporting Mali. Why is she caged up??????????? set her free.

  • Ana commented on September 25, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    Please let MALi go to the sanctuary!!!!!

  • marylin kemp commented on September 25, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    please let this poor elephant go to the sanctuary to end whats left of her sad life with others elephants who will love and help her.
    please find your heart and stop Mali’s suffering.

  • Diane Marks commented on September 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Free Mali!! – please!

  • Isabelle Taylor commented on September 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    Please set this poor animal free, let her be cared for at last xxx

  • Michelle O'Malley commented on September 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Let Mali have the care and love she needs at the sanctuary, what possible sane reason is there not to, Peole and animals should not live their lives in cages.

  • Winifred Healey commented on September 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    How can (so called) humans, be so cruel as to let this gentle giant suffer illness and mental torture. Now these wicked people do not need Mali any more, they just leave her to languish. She needs to be released and cared for before she dies from neglet. Please let her go, please have a heart and some compassion for this beautifful animal.

  • Tina Henderson commented on September 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    People get shorter sentences for murder. Time to let Mali have her remaining days in the sun.

    Please show your commitment to the highest standards and let that time be now.

  • Jacqui Penman commented on September 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Please release this beautiful animal and allow her to enjoy the rest of her life in the company of other elephants.

  • JESSICA commented on September 25, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    HUBIERA SIDO MEJOR QUE HUBIERAN DEJADO A EL ELEFANTE EN SU HABITAT, LAS PERSONAS AVARAS SIEMPRE QUIEREN TODO HASTA LMATAN Y HACER SUFRIR LOS ANIMALES POR SUS PIELES, EN VEZ DE DEJARLOS VIVIR EN PAZ.

  • Mags Clegg commented on September 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Please let Mali & her other animal friends in this zoo go to a sanctuary where they will be free & looked after. Please show how humane you can be please :-)

  • teenee Klinkner commented on September 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Mali needs to be with other elephantes.Elephantes are supposed to live in families.Please bring her to a sanctuary

  • TULA JONES commented on September 25, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Free that poor elephant. Why have zoos in the first place. What kind of person enjoys looking at and seeing animals in captivity. They should be in the wild where they belong. Absolutely terrible.

  • Non commented on September 29, 2012 at 8:54 am

    Please Release Mali to the Sanctuary!

  • Audrey jones commented on October 9, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I think the biggest question here is ‘Why won’t they let her go ?’ I think it disgusting in this age of conservation and ‘care’ for wild animals that any one could watch such a gentle and INTELLIGENT animal suffer as Mali has. Isolation is as alien to these creatures as it is to human beings, so what gives these ‘humans’ the right to impose it on her !! LET HER GO !!!

  • Amy Harp commented on October 16, 2012 at 4:24 am

    Stop the cruelty!

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