Save Ruperta the Sick and Starving Elephant From Impoverished Zoo

Target: Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela

Goal: Save Ruperta the elephant who is sick and starving to death at the underfunded Caricuao Zoo in Venezuela.

Venezuela is in the midst of a serious economic crisis and there have been several reports of starving zoo animals suffering as a result. Most recently, pictures of the 46-year-old African elephant, Ruperta, surfaced and showcased her protruding bones and sunken face. Ruperta lives at the Caricuao Zoo and the pictures have lead people to believe that she is starving to death.

Venezuelans started a food drive to help save Ruperta and El Universal (a major Venezuelan newspaper) reported that she is suffering from dehydration and diarrhea after the zoo was only able to feed her squash for a number of days in a row. Also according to reports, when individuals tried to bring food to the elephant their donations were turned away.

The government has denied that Ruperta is starving and is claiming that she was suffering from a stomach sickness that led to her losing weight. Venezuela’s National Institute of Parks said in a statement that “Ruperta the elephant is in stable condition and under the permanent care of experts.”

However, it is pretty clear that, as a result of the country’s serious economic crisis, many zoo animals are suffering. Ruperta is only the latest victim. Last year it was reported that around 50 animals died within six months at this zoo as a result of food shortages. Sign this petition to demand that Ruperta and other suffering animals at this zoo be relocated to a sanctuary that can afford to take proper care of them.

PETITION LETTER,

Dear President Nicolas Maduro,

There is no denying the seriousness of the economic crisis your country is undergoing. However, as a result, zoo animals are having to suffer the consequences. Denying that Ruperta the elephant currently living at the Caricuao Zoo, is starving is inhumane.

It was reported that last year that around 50 animals died within six months as a result of the zoo’s food shortages. People now fear that the same thing is currently happening to Ruperta.

Ruperta and any other suffering animals deserve to live somewhere that can afford to take care of them and the Caricuao Zoo is not that place. We encourage you to force the zoo to relocate their animals to a safer environment where they will no longer suffer the consequences of your country’s economic crisis.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Christian Rodriguez

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88 Comments

  1. Pero esto que cojo… es??? Como puede este “zoo” o mejor dicho este campo de concentracion tener licencia?? Ver esta foto es CHOCANTE, VERGONZOSO; En serio pensais que sois humanos???

  2. Gill Doyle says:

    Stop this barbaric cruelty!!!!!!

  3. Cleve Wheeler says:

    Why didnt you appeal to the President to close the ZOO entirely have contact the Humane Society International to come and rescue these animals?

  4. TO MAGGIE FULMER: my understanding is that ALL the animals remaining in the zoo in Venezuela are without food or money to buy food for them.
    They ALL need to be rescued or they will all die.

    Please include this in your petition! THANKS!

  5. Maria Rodriguez says:

    STOP ANIMAL ABUSE/NEGLECTION/TORTURE/KILLING!!!! IT HAS TO STOP NOW!!!!👇👏👏👎😡😡📝👍🐶🐱🐨🐯🐻🐮🐷🐗🐺🐼🐵🐴🐘❤

  6. Si estan esperanzado con que el Sr.Maduro ayude a estos pobres animales, les recomendare que se sienten a esperar.
    Solo hay que ver como tratan a su propia gente para saber que pasa con sus animales.

  7. Stop this cruelty now whats wrong with these idiot countries starve these mongrels

  8. sheila menache says:

    Please there must be caring people somewhere – please step in and do something about the plight of this poor unfortunate elephant – they are such highly intelligent creatures and most certainly do not warrant being treated like this –

  9. Nicolas Maduro, President of Venezuela and ALL his other “decision makers!!!”:

    What the hell are you people waiting for to feed Ruperta and to close your hell hole that is CARICUAO cruel zoo. You are aware of this situation and you people chose to do nothing. You are abusing this elephant and I am sure that you all go to church on Sundays to praise the Lord. Hypocrites!

    WHAT KIND OF CULTURE DO YOU PEOPLE HAVE???????? NOTHING TO BRAG ABOUT.

    Save Ruperta the elephant who is sick and starving to death at the underfunded Caricuao Zoo in Venezuela.

    MOVE RUPERTA TO A SAFE SANCTUARY WHERE SHE WILL BE FED AND FINISH HER DAYS IN PEACE, AWAY FROM ALL THE CARICUAO “WORKERS/ABUSERS”.

    People at large: BOYCOTT THIS BLOODY HOLE and THE WHOLE COUNTRY.

  10. Simon Rimmer says:

    All animals deserve better from humans. Ellies need other ellies, this ellie must be moved to a proper sanctuary. Please do the right thing.

  11. Cant us Countries get together and help these animals??? Bless her heart im disgusted that no Country has gone to help her

  12. Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!
    BARBARIC, GREED AND BRAINLESS and not able to think human?

    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be banned on an island for their whole lives! Or not?

    It’s time hold all those responsible for authorizing and overseeing the implementation of torture against fellow EARTH inhabitants & creatures accountable. A special prosecutor is the most comprehensive way to do that.  

  13. RENA VAN STEELE says:

    OK NOW!!!!! THIS JUST MAKES ME SO PISSED OFF AND FURIOUS. THIS IS UTTERLY DISGUSTING AND A SLOW AND MISERABLE DEATH FOR THIS MAGNIFICENT ANIMAL. WHAT THE HELL ARE THE PEOPLE THINKING/DOING???!!?? THE ZOO,…EVERY PERSON WHO WORKS THERE, THE MANAGER, .VENEZUELA AND THIS NEGLECTFUL PIECE OF SHIT,…..NICOLAS MADURO WAITING FOR!!!! DISPICABLE ON EVERY LEVEL. THE WORLD IS DISGUSTING WITH THIS KIND OF TORTURE THAT YOU CONDONE ON ANIMALS. SO FURIOUS I COULD,……..PATHETIC PIECES OF GARBAGE OF HUMAN BEINGS. NO EXCUSE. ZERO TOLERANCE.

  14. Sandra Katic says:

    heartbreaking

    • Many innocents suffer because of human conflict, and obstinacy. For the sake of the ANIMALS, Ruperta (and others) moved immediately to sanctuaries able to afford proper care and nutrition, and stable environment. Ruperta looks like she won’t last a month…

  15. this whoring sons just want MONEY – nothing else MONEY – MONEY.
    The animals do not matter
    Cursed animal torments

  16. Main thing is enough to scoff/guzzle for maduro

  17. renee agno says:

    WTH, people! You’ve been passing this petition around for how long while this animal and how many others slowly, horribly starves to death. Get a celebrity to step in the world group for zoos to pull this and every other animal to ensure their safety and care.

    DO SOMETHING instead of collecting money

  18. RELOCATE RUPERTA TO AN ELEPHANT SANCTUARY, where she can live happily & comfortably, as she so deserves — Let’s do the right thing here for her — Let’s place Ruperta’s care first & foremost.

  19. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared❗😠

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