A sun bear is offered chocolate by a visitor in its enclosure at a zoo in Bandung, Indonesia. Animal rights activists demanded the closure of the Indonesian zoo after skeletal sun bears were pictured begging for food from visitors. Photo: AFP

Animal cruelty still plagues Indonesia’s zoos despite outrage voiced on social media, and government’s pledges to do better

  • Activists say animals are underfed, kept in poor conditions and exploited for entertainment by performing circus acts for money
  • Government attempts at regulation and supervision have also fallen short so far
Topic |   Animals

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A sun bear is offered chocolate by a visitor in its enclosure at a zoo in Bandung, Indonesia. Animal rights activists demanded the closure of the Indonesian zoo after skeletal sun bears were pictured begging for food from visitors. Photo: AFP
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Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda are individually monitored and protected as part of its “extreme conservation” project. Part of the revenue from tourists visiting to see the apes is channelled to surrounding villages. Photo: AP/Felipe Dana

How a community approach to gorilla conservation benefits apes and humans in Rwanda

  • The central African country’s endangered mountain gorillas have been given a lifeline with an ‘extreme conservation’ project in Volcanoes National Park
  • Every gorilla is monitored and 10 per cent of income from tourism is channelled to nearby villages, preventing destruction of the rainforest for crops
Topic |   Conservation

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Gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda are individually monitored and protected as part of its “extreme conservation” project. Part of the revenue from tourists visiting to see the apes is channelled to surrounding villages. Photo: AP/Felipe Dana
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