Help the Sun Bears of Indonesia
Like many, we have learned of the plight of the Sun Bears and several other zoo animals in Indonesia. I am assembling an team of animal experts to fly to Indonesia to advocate on behalf of these animals with the government agencies and zoo owners. We will be capturing video footage if possible and working to identify ways to inspire accountability and positive change.
We understand that there are 28 zoos total and we intend to visit each of them if possible as well as meet with the local advocacy groups, decision makers and stakeholders. We aim to examine all the circumstances that are impacting these animals (laws, enforcement, regulations, resources, etc...) and do everything in our power to first improve the conditions and requirements and if possible, free these animals. We will be looking for ways to ensure lasting change and inspire the people of Indonesia to demand improved conditions for animals.
Scorpion Group Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group has generously allowed us to utilize the video they captured of the under-nourished Sun Bears at the Bandung Zoo, begging for food. We hope interface with this organization once we arrive in Indonesia.
UPDATE 4/10/2017: Since this video was taken, the government has intervened and the animals are now being fed. We are not certain if they have established a long-term plan to keep the animals safe and healthy - but we will find out once we visit.
We are also working with a P Holmes who is the individual behind the Change.org and Care2 petitions aimed at raising awareness for the plight of these animals.
This is a very complex and heartbreaking situation that needs immediate and creative action. We are unsure about what type of reception we will receive but we will do all we can to turn the tide for the animals of Indonesia.
The $75,000 will be used to cover the expenses of a six person team to travel to Indonesia for two weeks. This team will consist of a wildlife veterinary expert, an animal legal representative, a rescue / placement expert, a special projects facilitator and a government advocate. Most of the the $75K will be used to address the immediate needs facing the animals and for supplies, improvements and / or transportation for any compromised animals.
To learn more about me and my past efforts on behalf of animals, please visit www.oneanimalworld.com. To see my advocacy film work, please visit Animal Time TV.
Thank you for considering this campaign.
Please help us help the animals of Indonesia!
All supporters will be invited to follow a private Facebook Group that will chronicle all of our efforts as they unfold.
Please see Update 14 if you have questions about how the funds will be distributed.
A separate zoo in Indonesia has reached out for help and a request has been passed on to me. “Mike”, a baby orangutan, is living in a very small cage following the tragic death of his mother. The video link below shows where Mike is living. He is without companionship or enrichment. We will certainly answer their call for help in the best way we can.
PLEASE, PLEASE share this campaign with your family and friends. The more funds we are able to raise the more we will be able to help the animals like Mike.
Every single dollar makes a difference! No amount is too small!
For the animals,
Linda Cummings posted a comment this morning and I wanted to respond openly so everyone is in the loop. Linda's comment was specifically about the bears being transferred to a sanctuary.
If there is a way to relocate ANY of the animals that we encounter to a more appropriate and compassionate environment, we will do all that we can to make that happen.
We will be looking at immediate, short-term and long-term needs. And the priority / goal will be to improve the quality of life for the animals, in the best way we can.
Thank you for being a part of this journey. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a beautiful week!
There have been comments and questions regarding the funds and how those funds will be spent. I would like to clear up any misconceptions and hopefully put any doubts to rest.
The MAJORITY of the funds raised will be spent to directly improve the quality of life for the animals of Indonesia. The type of assistance that is going to best serve the animals is unclear at this time.
My goal is to serve the ANIMALS not to create a more profitable way for this or any zoo to display animals for money, or to revitalize a failing model. The way to best distribute the funds will be decided upon by my team, once we have personally assessed the situation. Immediate and life-saving needs will be give the utmost priority.
A portion of the funds will be spent to cover the expenses of sending an advocacy team to the region. Our airfare has been generously sponsored but we still must pay for lodging, in-country travel, food, etc… Rather than wait for all the funds to come in, I decided to get a smaller team in motion. There are some wonderful groups working hard for the animals in the region and if my team can establish how best to assist them, we can continue our fund-raising efforts with a more clear and direct focus.
This is a very complex situation that demands immediate action and short-term creativity with a core commitment to a long-term and sustainable plan. All of this must be based in compassion and responsibility.
The problems facing the animals in Indonesia will not be solved overnight. There are wildlife issues as well as companion animal issues that are simply heart-shattering. The advocates working on the front lines must have support and assistance in order to advance the larger goals.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.
Thank you all for your kind support!
Our campaign received another beautiful, hand-made gift from the Pittsburgh based artist who also gifted us with a lovely, little felt Sun Bear, named after "Kardit", the very thin Sun Bear seen begging for food in the video.
“Yani”, an endangered Sumatran elephant, died a heartbreaking death, in chains at the Bandung Zoo. She was only 34 years old. At a certain point “Yani” gave birth to an elephant that was named “Yamon”. His whereabouts are unknown.
This little, hand-crafted, felt elephant is named after “Yamon”. He is approximately 6.5 inches tall by 14 inches long from trunk to tail. He is gently poseable and filled with hope for a better world for elephants like Yani and Yamon.
The first person to donate $501 receives this one-of-a-kind reward which also includes a private phone conversation with me. The random amount is due to GFM's rules related to multiple rewards of the same amount.
Thank you for your support and for sharing this campaign!
Note: If you would like to see the story related to Yani’s death, you can follow this link. http://www.inquisitr.com/3097615/yani-the-elephant-cried-as-she-died-in-chains-in-bandung-zoo-in-indonesia/
Ms Naomi, really? Did you even research Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitor Group or were you just spewing talking points given to you by Cee4life. I saw your childish, vindictive back and forth with Cee4life on their visitors Facebook page in your plot to derail Rebecca's fundraising efforts. Anyone who reads this do not have to take my word for it. They can go to Cee4life FBP visitors post to read for themselves and don't bother to delete because I copied everything and I will gladly provide to anyone who wishes to read about your shameful behaviour. FYI, it is Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitor who first highlighted the plight of the sun bears , NOT CEE4life. Scorpion continues to monitor the situation. Cee4life said that Bandung zoo owners did no wrong. Really? Tell me, who left Yani to suffer for over a week laying on the ground and remained shackled till she died? She had sores on her body. Yes there was no vet on site which FYI, is illegal. If you read news reports you would have known that if the zoo keepers contacted the authorities, a vet would have been sent there! She died because lives of animals are cheap, if one dies, they simply get replaced with another! Does not sound to me that the Bandung zoo owners love their animals! OK the owner fell ill, still they could have made provisions to ensure their beloved animals are looked after! If they can't then shut down the zoo! I wish Cee4life would stop making excuses for them! Do you really think the Sun Bears prefer to eat their own excrement than a proper diet of tasty fruits? Or is it too difficult for your small mind to comprehend which they prefer? Scorpion lobbies and protests for change time and again for the poor animals. They stop illegal wildlife trafficking in Indonesia. What have you done, apart from saying things which are untrue?
Hi... I am Marison Guciano. Investigator Senior of Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group. Scorpion is a local NGO that help animals suffering in Indonesia. Scorpion with regularly to monitor the welfare of animals in Indonesia zoos and safari parks. We are against all cruel animal attractions in Indonesia. Who cee4life? Do they want to stop all cruel animal attractions in Indonesia? Does not seem. They work closely with the Zoo Association (PKBSI) which frees the exploitation of animals (cruel animal attractions) in Indonesia. Do they there was in Indonesia every time? Does not seem. If you want to know about scorpion please visit: https://www.facebook.com/scorpionmonitor/
Don't miss this important update from Rebecca: "We have received a few comments and messages about an organization called CEE4Life from Australia who is, according to a Facebook post dated April 6th, 2017, working with the Bandung Zoo in an official and exclusive capacity. They have also contacted us with information indicating that the animals are now being fed, which is tremendous, and they have also asked for our funds. We made a commitment to the animals and our contributors to personally establish the type of care these animals are receiving and the conditions they are living in. In addition, we promised to spend our supporter’s contributions responsibly and in the best interest of the animals. We intend to keep that promise by personally delivering support to these animals. The intention of this campaign was always to first assess and then address the immediate needs of specific animals (the Sun Bears) and then work to improve the quality of life for all the animals of Indonesia. We have received reports of numerous other animals struggling at several other zoos across the country, which is why we made such a broad and ambitious commitment. Animals need as many people as possible helping them, advocating for them and being a voice for them. We look forward to working alongside the local organizations who are doing wonderful work and sharing all that we can to help their efforts grow and be more successful. Thank you for your continued support and please feel free to email me directly with any questions or concerns you might have. Rebecca"
Dear Rebecca, Please contact me as soon as possible. I am the founder and director of Cee4life, the organisation that is helping Bandung Zoo. There are no starving animals at all in the zoo, however your donations can help us speed up our efforts greatly . We have just had our projects approved in Bandung Zoo which includes animal aid, enclosure upgrades and education programs. Please read - http://www.cee4life.org/current-projects/ I have emailed and messaged Animal House and you personally on every contact point I can find. Please get in touch. Thankyou Sybelle
Suck a clever trick with the (dollar?) bill. It would be great to be able to share that image on fb. I fear that my friends get fed up with my postings of animals in distress (sadly), but a 'clever' image would attract their attention. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of these poor creatures and the very best of luck x
I asked (on email) the cee4life people if they'd actually been to the zoo, and they said they'd been there several times, and they didn't see any problems other than the zoo being old and some enclosures needing upgrades. But I don't know what the cee4life is. It would be great if someone could comment on them.
Very baffled how there are $75K of travel expenses for a team of 6 people staying in Indonesia for 2 weeks. I grew up in Bandung, and the cost of living and transportation in Indonesia is insanely cheap. This campaign really really needs a more itemized expense list.
My question...when are these poor bears and others going to be fed? I pray someone is doing this while the fundraising and planning seems ongoing?
I was hoping the bears would be transported to a sanctuary. I am sorry to hear they may be staying at the same horrific animal dungeon they are currently in.