There are a lot of areas in Sumatra that need our help. Almost everywhere you look there are people or animals in need of some form of help or support. The Taman Satwa pusat Bengkulu is one such case and it is in desperate need of some attention as the animals are not in great condition and the enclosures are in a state of disrepair. Some of the animals are even chained up within their cages.
When it comes to owning and running a zoo there are certain aspects that benefit from keeping animals in enclosures. Of course first and foremost is the health and well being of the animals. If you cannot properly care for animals in enclosures then you should stop right there. Making sure the animal is happy and healthy is paramount and should be ensured before anything happens. As you can see in these photos here the animals are not well cared for and their enclosures are full of rubbish. It’s the worst “zoo” I have laid eyes on. But rather than getting angry it’s important to talk to the people first and find out the issues.
In a country like Sumatra there certainly is a big need to preserve and conserve many species, raise awareness and educate the local people about the reasons for a species decline in order to help them make the lifestyle change for the sake of the future for the species and the environment. A big part of the benefit for a zoo is the ability to show the locals how special these animals are. The more time people get to spend with and see these animals the more they will fall in love with them and want to conserve them. The more they learn about their plight and how critically endangered a lot of animals are, then the hope is that the new generation will be able to provide the solutions necessary to stave off extinction of some amazing and iconic species only found here in Sumatra.
It breaks my heart to see these animals in such conditions. It’s a helpless feeling when I visit these guys. Occasionally I bring them extra food in the form of bananas, it’s not much but it’s better than nothing. Well today I decided I’m not helpless, I might be alone but I’m not alone in wanting to do something for the care of these amazing creatures.
Today I tracked down the person who runs the zoo. I managed to have a good conversation in Bahasa Indonesia about how I can help. We talked about the possibility of me being able to put some money up to buy the zoo in order to provide a much better home for these animals and provide a place to educate and raise awareness about the conservation of the amazing species here in Sumatra. It was very positive and he was quite welcoming to receive help. So I hope to hear from him in about 1 weeks time with more information in order to make a proposal to buy/contract the location. It could be a bit of a process and will require los of outside help from you and from investors, but in the long term it will be a great solution for these animals and provide a great location for people to learn about the plight of the animals in Sumatra.
In the short term I will continue to come in and provide some more food for the animals on a regular basis and see if I can try and clean the place up a bit.
It’s a start and a step in the right direction and here’s hoping a positive solution can be agreed upon in a future proposal.