Target: The Rural Grand View Garden in Shenzhen, China
Goal: Prevent unruly guests from injuring and killing animals by enforcing rules and training staff to be more competent
Zoos are intended to be a safe home for all animals. The staff is there to ensure the safety and well-being of every animal in that sanctuary. Unfortunately, the crocodiles at the The Rural Grand View Garden in Shenzhen, China were not treated with such respect. Eleven crocodiles are now dead after visitors pelted them repeatedly with trash and rocks. The staff didn’t even notice until they went to routinely clean the artificial lake later that day.
According to reports, visitors began taunting the crocodiles because they weren’t entertaining enough. Crocodiles usually enter into a hibernation period during the winter, but the ignorant visitors wanted more action. Several guests began shouting, spitting and throwing whatever they had near them at the crocodiles. Their habitat was contaminated from all of the trash, and the crocodiles suffered fatal injuries from the items being pelted at them. Of the zoo’s crocodile population, only 2 survived.
The visitors and the staff are at fault here. The visitors had no respect for the animals or their habitat. The staff members were ignorant as to what was going on and could have stopped it if they were more attentive. There needs to be more security and protection for the animals, and the visitors need to be educated on how to properly behave. Sign the petition below to end animal cruelty and neglect at the zoo.
Dear Rural Grand View Garden,
We are shocked at the events that have recently taken place at your zoo. Eleven innocent crocodiles are now dead because of neglect. Your staff neglected to protect the crocodiles, and the visitors neglected to attend to the harm being done.
We believe you need to enforce more rules in your facility. The staff needs to be more attentive to the animals and how the visitors are interacting with them. It is usually rare to go to a zoo and not see an employee around, whether they are talking to visitors or caring for the animals. Having a more attentive staff with make the animals feel safer, and it will allow for more control of the guests that come to your zoo.
The visitors are at fault here as well. The way they behaved towards the crocodiles is cruel and unforgivable. Guests that come to your zoo need to be educated on what will happen if they behave as carelessly as this. Your staff can work to inform visitors on the proper way to act around wildlife.
We are asking you to please increase your facility’s awareness of the animals. Aggressive guests should be removed before these situations can escalate. The animals are there to be protected, not harmed.
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