President Widodo, Shut down Bandung Zoo now.

  • by: P Holmes
  • target: President Widodo & Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Minister of Environment and Forestry

Sun Bears kept in Bandung Zoo, West Java, Indonesia are so hungry they eat their own dung. These are not the only animals discovered in horrific conditions in this zoo. Recently, a viral video shows a visitor throwing a lit cigarette to the zoo's orangutan, who picks up the cigarette and smokes it!

Yani an endangered Sumatran elephant was this zoo's latest victim. In May of 2016, she died crying, shackled in chains. She was only 34 years old. In 2014, a giraffe suddenly died and was found to have 40lbs of plastic trash in it's stomach.

The animals in this zoo rely heavily on food donations to survive with no on site veterinarian. The carnivores only get fed because New Zealand sends over donations of meat twice a week! Activist groups are also asking for donations to feed the animals. This is not how a zoo should be run. Whilst food donations are very admirable, it is also a double edge sword and perpetuates the cycle of apathy from the Indonesian Government officials to do nothing.

Many zoos in Indonesia are also found to be in deplorable conditions eg Surabaya Zoo. There are numerous and various online petitions to shut down Surabaya Zoo and one of the petitions has gathered close to 1 million signatures. All petitions have thus far been ignored!

The most humane action for the President of Indonesia and his Minister of Environment and Forestry is to enforce the law and shut down this zoo and relocate these animals to a conservation/sanctuary centers where they can be properly taken care of.

I URGE ALL OF YOU TO BOYCOTT INDONESIA AS YOUR VACATION DESTINATION. BOYCOTT INDONESIAN MADE PRODUCTS UNTIL JUSTICE IS DONE AND POSITIVE CHANGE BROUGHT ABOUT FOR THESE POOR INNOCENT ANIMALS. Boycott all zoos. "We are the Spartacus for the voiceless" ~ P Holmes. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Sun Bears kept in Bandung Zoo, West Java, Indonesia are so hungry they eat their own dung. This is not the only horrific theme discovered within this zoo.


Yani an endangered Sumatran elephant was this zoo latest victim. In May of 2016, she died crying, and shackled in chains. In 2014, a giraffe suddenly died and was found to have 40lbs of plastic trash in it's stomach.


The animals in this zoo rely heavily on food donations to survive and with no on site veterinarian. A zoo is not a charity nor is it a death pit for innocent animals.


Many of your zoos are also found to be in deplorable conditions eg Surabaya Zoo. There are numerous and various online petitions to shut down Surabaya Zoo and one of the petitions has gathered close to 1 million signatures. Why have you not taken any action? How do you sleep at night knowing that a giraffe is so hungry it had to eat trash and sun bears so hungry they eat their own dung?


It is unconscionable how you continue to do nothing whilst these innocent animals, many that are endangered species suffer and feel no moral duty to protect these animals from neglect and abuse.


We urge you President Widodo and Madam Minister, enforce your law 5/1990. These offenders must not go unpunished.


Please seek the basic humanity in your hearts and do the right thing. Shut down this zoo and work with animal activist groups to relocate these animals to conservation/sanctuary centers where they can be properly taken care off.



Thank you for your kind attention.

Update #114 months ago
Bandung is back in the news - their orangutan Ozon was thrown a cigarette by a visitor and proceeded to smoke it! This zoo continues to have huge problems. Lots of breeding, sick, and starving animals. Please share the petition and urge the Indonesian president to shut down Bandung!
Update #98 months ago
In Indonesia, foxes are guarding the henhouse - Check this new story showing politicians keeping endangered animals as pets – even the Minister of Environment is guilty!
Please sign and share my newest petitions and force Indonesia to do more for animals!
Boycott Cruel Indonesia
Shut Down the Indonesian Zoo Association
Grateful for all you do!! P Holmes
Update #3about a year ago
BREAKING NEWS: Care to be standardized at Indonesia's zoos. It is a small step but a positive one - we still need to keep the pressure on!

I was contacted by AnimalHouseTV for a feature on Bandung Zoo. We're definitely getting this issue noticed.

Thanks as always for your support!
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