‘Zoo Watch’ seeks local zoos’ closure

A lion takes shelter from the heat in an enclosure at Kampot’s Teuk Chhou Zoo last year. Vireak Mai

Charles Rollet and Pech Sotheary
The Phnom Penh Post, Mon, 18 January 2016

A wildlife NGO is launching a publicity campaign to get Prime Minister Hun Sen to shut down two zoos in Cambodia accused of keeping their animals in atrocious conditions.

The Hong Kong-based elephant conservation group EARS Asia launched “Zoo Watch” on Thursday in a bid to bring to light the suffering of animals in neglectful Southeast Asian zoos, starting off with the Teuk Chhou zoo in Kampot province and the Prey Veng zoo, both owned by senior ruling party official Nhim Vanda.

Zoo Watch’s website, updated by tourists and visitors to the zoos, features a bevy of photos of malnourished and sick animals living in cramped, squalid accommodations. (more…)

Posted on: January 18, 2016 8:48 am