The Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia is on the verge of closure due to corruption and disagreement about the way the zoo should be managed.
Volunteers are runing the Zoo, and are indecisive how to deal with the problems they are confronted with. Personnel have been stealing the meat which was supposed to be used as feed for the predators, rare animals have been sold, and not enough money was left to buy feed or organise basic maintenance. This became public when many animals died, with the death of the rare Sumatran tiger last week as a negative highlight. Last year more than 300 animals died of starvation, hepatitis, lung diseases or avian influenza. An interim manager has been appointed to try and reverse the collapse. According to this governmental employee all the animals are in a very bad condition and drastic measures are needed to prevent closure of the Zoo. But not only the animals are in bad shape, the zoo infrastructure as well. The Zoo has been built nearly a century ago when Indonesia was a Dutch colony, and no serious improvements have been made since. Therefore, financial resources (foreign investors) are much needed to try and save the Zoo. The refurbishment requires 7 million euros, which is a lot of money for a rundown zoo which future doesn’t look too bright, to put it mildly. (Source: de Volkskrant, 21.08.2010)