Kiri & Seila's Story to 2016

April 2016

We are delighted to announce, via an official letter we received from Kagoshima City Mayor Hiroyuki Mori, that the proposed international zoo swap of Kiri and Seila from Teuk Chhou Zoo in Cambodia to Hirakawa Zoo in Japan has officially been CANCELLED.


We applaud and humbly thank Hirakawa Zoo, Kagoshima City Council, and the Japanese and Cambodian authorities for embracing the unprecedented decision to cancel the trade of the two famous Cambodian elephants, Kiri and Seila, whom will now remain in their home country of Cambodia.

We are grateful for the support we received from a number of international wildlife NGOs for collaborating with us on this important trade issue:
- Voice for Zoo Animals Japan
- Asia for Animals Coalition (comprising of 16 international wildlife organisations)
- Wild Welfare
- Zoo Check Canada
We would also like to thank The Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums (JAZA) for recognizing our concerns in regards to the trade and the elephants' welfare

With the combined efforts of our supporters sending in letters, children taking part in our #ChildrenAreOurFuture campaign, and media attention, we have not only protected Kiri and Seila from the ordeal of an international move, but together we have also prevented white tigers and other African wildlife from being sent to the deplorable conditions of Teuk Chhou Zoo.

Due to the cancellation of this wildlife trade agreement, the Cambodian government is now in a position to positively focus on the preservation of its diverse wildlife and rich forest habitats.

EARS Asia was responsible for the care of Kiri and Seila from 2012 until September 2015 as detailed on the #FreeKiriAndSeila page of the EARS Asia website.

 

In August EARS Asia learnt of a potential international zoo trade in which Kiri and Seila were to be relocated from their current home at Teuk Chhou Zoo in Kampot, Cambodia to Hirakawa Zoo in Kagoshima Prefecture, Southern Japan.

 

Fiona Hardie, Welfare Director and donor to EARS Asia based in Hong Kong, immediately established a global call to stop the trade and instead to rehome these magnificent elephants into the beautiful forests of the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Petitions quickly gained momentum and with the help of elephant lovers and wildlife organisations around the world, there were 4 petitions launched with over 43,000 signatures collected. The petitions caught the attention of the media with stories published both locally in Cambodia and internationally which are listed on the MEDIA page. EARS Asia was sadly prohibited to provide any further care for Kiri and Seila in September 2015.

Cambodia's last remaining elephants

 

Kiri and Seila account for two of the last remaining elephants in Cambodia. Over the last 50 years, the population of Cambodian elephants has fallen drastically from 10,000 to approximately 500 elephants remaining (less than 100 in captivity, 350-500 in the wild). It is vital for Cambodian elephants to remain in Cambodia due to these critically low figures.

Footage provided by Alma Robinson from the USA. Alma visited Teuk Chhou Zoo as a tourist in 2011.

 

Kiri and Seila have lived at Teuk Chhou Zoo for over a decade and these photos show their emaciated body condition due to lack of food and water.

 

Alma found Teuk Chhou Zoo to be a "concrete prison for animals in small dirty enclosures, in some cases no water at all and no signs or even remnants of food. My heart went out to these poor suffering animals. What have they done to deserve such a life?"

Kiri
Kiri

Photo: Alma Robinson

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Seila
Seila

Stagnant green pool Photo: Alma Robinson

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Seila searching for food
Seila searching for food

Photo: Alma Robinson

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Kiri
Kiri

Photo: Alma Robinson

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FEBRUARY 2011

Kiri and Seila 2012
Kiri and Seila 2012

Two happy elephants with a plentiful supply of food, fresh water, a clean pool, care and love.

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Kiri and Seila
Kiri and Seila

www.earsasia.org

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Kiri
Kiri

Healthy and happy spraying himself with fresh water from the pool www.earsasia.org

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Kiri and Seila
Kiri and Seila

Healthy and happy, playing with a freshly delivered huge pile of sand!

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Kiri and Seila
Kiri and Seila

Louise Rogerson, founder of EARS, with Kiri and Seila www.earsasia.org

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Kiri and Seila
Kiri and Seila

Daily supply of food including grasses, banana trees and leaves, sugarcane, coconuts, bananas. www.earsasia.org

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Kiri
Kiri

Kiri enjoys playing with tyres. This particularly helps in the throes of musth as he can exert his aggression. www.earsasia.org

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Seila
Seila

Covering herself in sand! www.earsasia.org

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Kiri and Seila
Kiri and Seila

Two happy elephants with a plentiful supply of food, fresh water, a clean pool, care and love. www.earsasia.org

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2012 - SEPT 2015

EARS Asia provided the entire care and upkeep for Kiri and Seila from 2012 - 2015.


Full details here:
www.earsasia.org

SEPT 2015

 

Kiri and Seila are in their early 20's, they have their lives ahead of them.

 

We are urging the Cambodia Government to please keep Cambodian elephants in Cambodia and grant these beautiful elephants the rest of their lives at the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary in Siem Reap.

 

#FreeKiriAndSeila

#FreeKiriAndSeila
#FreeKiriAndSeila

Stop the Trade of Kiri and Seila to Hirakawa Zoo in Japan. Free Kiri and Seila to the Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary near Siem Reap, Cambodia.

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Seila comparison
Seila comparison

Seila was showing weight loss since EARS forced departure from Teuk Chhou Zoo. There are ongoing concerns for the care of both elephants.

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Kiri comparison
Kiri comparison

Kiri's condition is also cause for concern since EARS forced departure in Sept 2015.

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Seila - showing signs of weight loss
Seila - showing signs of weight loss

Photo: Kyrie Harrison, New Zealand - Oct 2015

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Kiri searching for food
Kiri searching for food

Photo: Kyrie Harrison, New Zealand - Oct 2015

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Kiri searching for food
Kiri searching for food

Photo: Khmer Times, 10th Sept 2015

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