At the age of three Mali came to Manila Zoo. Since then she has spent 39 years alone in a concrete pen that offers her none of the things that elephants need to fulfil their complex psychological and emotional needs. Her enclosure amounts to an open concrete prison cell with no enrichment whatsoever, so Mali just walks slowly in a figure of eight pattern all day long.
During the entire time that she has been at the zoo, Mali has not had adequate foot care or blood work. In the wild, elephants roam vast territories, but Mali has little room to walk in her concrete pen. As a result, her cuticles have become overgrown and the pads of her feet have become cracked, which could lead to infection and death if they continue to be left untreated.
How Network For Animals aims to free Mali
We have repeatedly petitioned, lobbied and met with the elected Mayor of Manila, Joseph Estrada.
We have worked in schools to generate awareness of Mali’s plight, and to create understanding of her situation as a captive animal rather than a spectacle for entertainment.
We have worked ‘undercover’ in the Philippines as the organisation ‘Warriors For Mali’, to create a local voice for her freedom.
We pay regular visits to Mali in order to stay abreast of her situation, and maintain good terms with the staff of the zoo, with a view to negotiation. In 2015 we have paid for blood tests and will reveal the results when they’re released.
We are working to secure high profile visitors to the Manila administration, in order to facilitate improved negotiations for Mali’s freedom.