Malnutrition isn't the only problem. The animals suffer from preventable diseases, overcrowding and lack of exercise, creating chronic long term back and leg problems. With a low entry fee (approximating at $2) the zoo does not have enough money to provide for the uncontrolled breeding, leaving dim predictions of the survival of the animals.
Amidst all of this, it isn't the only problem that animals South East Asia face. Due to widespread poverty in a region filled with exotic animals, the lucrative overseas market for these rare species creates a "commissioning" of hunting down these animals for their skins, bones, medicinal use, tonics, horns and other trophy parts. Trafficking tigers from South-East Asia and some parts of Africa is worth about $5 million per year.
So what is to be done to prevent the extinction of these animals that could be gone with the coming of the next generation? Is the need of zoos more necessary than ever to, in a sense, protect these animals and stop poaching? Or do we need to regulate our forests and wild animals better and allow them to sustain their natural habitat? How can we do our part in trying to influence the next best outcome?
www.change.org provides a neat solution for not only getting the problem some attention, but also bringing our voices to those who can do something about the issue. The current problem facing the zoo of Indonesia is being brought to the attention of the President of Indonesia, Indonesian Embassy and Consulate-general of the Republic of Indonesia. Labelled as the world's petition platform, the website, with others like it, provides a voice to the globally linked community of the world wide web who want to bring about a change to a wrong doing they feel strongly connected to.
Is this another fruitless method of trying to get the attention of those in power? Or could this be the new power of the people that politicians will have to reckon with?