just received the news that as per our suggestion, the Giza Zoo
created a sign explaining Moza chimpanzee’s tumor and the
zoo’s function as a recognized rescue center. This is a
significant step for these people and especially for the animals
for several reasons:
Most of the Egyptian
people by culture do not accept sick looking animals. They
(instead of feeling sorry for animals or to be compelled to help
them) are afraid of them, believing that they will get their
sicknesses, as well and they are literally disgusted by them. For
the management explaining to the visitors that it should be
considered differently from now on is revolutionary.
Sick animals just as
Moza, were hidden in remote places, out of sight. She used to be
locked up and even barricaded with metal panels so people could
not see her “ugliness”. Even when I was there, they were
still asking me if they could transfer her back to the monkey
building with her new mate Kuku so people could not see them,
since Moza still has a tumor and Kuku’s short limbs resembling
him to a dwarf. But, because of the signage and the new
directions, both animals could stay in the chimpanzee building and
can go outside as well daily.
Moza barricaded in the monkey building.
Now she is outside and together with Kuku.
taken today 9th November at Giza Zoo
see Dina’s follow up:
Improvements that took place in Central Zoos of Egypt -
Elephants enclosures, the Asian Elephants, now have substrates,
sand instead of concrete, ... much more improvements are taking
place, currently the Central Zoos are working to improve
conditions of the African Elephant too.
follow up with improvements in the enclosures of elephants at
Governmental Zoos, after the success of improving conditions for Asian
elephants, in which substrates (sand) replaced the concrete
floors... and more foraging techniques, currently the Giza Zoo
is working on improving the conditions of the African elephant,
it is well known that the African Elephant "Naiima"
front leg was attached to short chain since years, finally, after
discussions and presentations by experts about elephants in
captivity, which were held at Giza and Alex Zoo, plus Cairo Opera
House, finally it was agreed to improve the conditions of the
African Elephant, as seen in the picture, the elephant Naiima
is no longer chained, sand is placed in the left side of the
outside exhibit, plans are made to place sand in all the
outside exhibit and inside exhibit.