1. Elephant NGO barred by zoo

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    Asian elephant Seila eats food in her enclosure at Kampot’s Teuk Chhou Zoo last month. Vireak Ma

     

    Charles Parkinson, The Phnom Penh Post
    Fri, 25 September 2015

    Elephant conservation NGO EARS Asia has been ejected from Teuk Chhou Zoo in Kampot province and forbidden from caring for its two elephants, amid mounting pressure for a proposed animal swap involving the pair to be called off.

    In a statement posted on their Facebook page yesterday, EARS Asia spoke of the devastation felt by founder Louise Rogerson, who has overseen the care of elephants Kiri and Seila for the past three years, after she was barred from entering the zoo on Wednesday.

    The move by the zoo follows the launch of a campaign by EARS Asia in August to prevent Kiri and Seila from being swapped with animals living at the Hirakawa Zoo in southern Japan.

    “This will not stop us in our campaign to bring to the world the absurdity of the Cambodian and Japanese trade deal. This also means that our campaign is working,” reads the statement.

    While that campaign has been run by the EARS Asia board in Hong Kong without Rogerson’s participation, her ejection follows a series of articles in both the Cambodian and international press highlighting concerns surrounding the proposed deal.

    Those concerns focus on the ability of Teuk Chhou Zoo to properly care for any new animals it receives, as well as the stress the journey would cause the animals involved.

    During a visit to Teuk Chhou Zoo in late August, the Post witnessed hungry and unkempt animals, with several carrying visible injuries and many showing signs of severe psychological distress. Continue reading

  2. Elephants ‘will suffer’ in Japan zoo

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    Asian elephants Kiri (left) and Seila, which are to be sent to Japan, bathe and eat in their enclosure at Kampot’s Teuk Chhou Zoo on Sunday. Vireak Mai

     

    Charles Parkinson and Phak Seangly
    The Phnom Penh Post, Wed, 2 September 2015

    Hirakawa Zoo in southern Japan has confirmed it plans to send endangered white tigers to Teuk Chhou Zoo in Kampot province, despite deplorable conditions and evidence of psychological damage among the animals at the Cambodian zoo.

    A senior official from the Japanese zoo stated that the exchange, while not finalised, will likely be completed in the first half of 2016, with two endangered white tigers and two zebras going to Teuk Chhou.

    “If everything goes well, the swap will be made possibly after spring,” they said. In return, the zoo in Kagoshima prefecture will receive two Asian elephants currently housed at Teuk Chhou.

    The source confirmed a zoo representative and a Kagoshima city government official visited Cambodia and met Teuk Chhou owner Nhim Vanda to discuss the trade.

    Kagoshima city government directed all requests for comment to Hirakawa Zoo, which did not comment on the conditions witnessed at Teuk Chhou.

    Kaori Sakamoto, of Japanese NGO Voice for Zoo Animals, painted a bleak picture of the elephant enclosure at the Hirakawa Zoo, where Teuk Chhou’s elephants, Kiri and Seila, would likely be kept.

    “They will be forced to live in a physically and behaviourally impoverished exhibit in which they will suffer,” she said.

    Sakamoto also questioned the motives behind the exchange.

    “There is no legitimate conservation value to this proposed trade. For both zoos, it is entirely to obtain new animals for public display and amusement,” she said. Continue reading


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