Mo Mo the elephant just turned 63 years old, which is quite a feat for an elephant raised in captivity. While many of those in the wild tend to live to a ripe old age, zoo-raised elephants' lives tend to be much shorter.
To celebrate Momo's unexpectedly long life, the Yangon Zoological Gardens dressed her up in a sparkly outfit, gave her a feast of bananas, and released 62 birds. It was a big spectacle, and probably made the zoo a lot of money, but I doubt it was how Mo Mo would have chosen to spend her birthday.
Mo Mo has spent the last 56 years of her life in captivity, performing with the other elephants for zoo visitors. Her special trick is playing the harmonica and shaking her hips to the beat. If this weren't sad enough, all of the other elephants - Aung Toe, Ma Toe, Moe Meit, and Ma Yang Kot - who performed with her over the years have passed away.
Instead of releasing 62 birds to celebrate Mo Mo's birthday, the Yangon Zoological Gardens should have released Mo Mo. It is a miracle that she has managed to survive all these years in captivity; let's give her the rest and respite she deserves. Please sign this petition demanding that the Yangon Zoo release Mo Mo to an elephant sanctuary where she can live out her final years with peace and dignity.
Please read the reviews of the Yangon Zoo. All of the animals are in dire need of rescued!
Dear Yangoon Zoo,
Mo Mo has been working and performing for 55 years. It is a miracle that she has managed to survive all these years in captivity, so let's give her the rest and respite she deserves. Please release Mo Mo to an elephant sanctuary where she can live out her final years with peace and dignity.
Update #54 years ago
In October I will be going to Myanmar and visit Mo Mo at the Yangon Zoo. This will be at the end of my research trip to Thailand and Cambodia.
I hope to talk to the zoo officials while at the zoo about Mo Mo's retirement.
This is the GoFundMe which has further details.
Update #45 years ago
Dear supporters, please follow Mo Mo on her facebook page. We are also hoping to begin raising funds for her freedom!!
Update #35 years ago
Communication is beginning soon, with people who may be able to help us and Mo Mo.
Update #25 years ago
I would love to be able to buy Mo Mo her freedom. A few of those who have signed have asked about this.
Update #15 years ago
So many wonderful people have signed and are spreading the word of this dear girl. Let's help make her birthday wish come true, Freedom!!!