Kinship Circle: ACT/ Death Is Price Of Freedom At SF Zoo

December 29th, 2007 3:43 pm by Kelly Garbato

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12/28/07: Death Is Price Of Freedom At San Francisco Zoo
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PHOTO: This undated handout from the San Francisco Zoo (SFZ) shows female Siberian tiger, named Tatiana, [who] managed to escape from [her] enclosure and maul three people, killing one of them. US media report that the tiger may have been helped out of its den by one of the victims.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071227/ts_alt_afp/usanimals_071227152920

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Mayor Gavin, San Francisco Board Of Supervisors, and San Francisco Zoo Director Manuel Mollinedo:

As officials seek “a better understanding of what actually happened” in the fatal mauling of Carlos Sousa Jr., 17, at San Francisco Zoo on Christmas Day, one answer is overlooked. Tatiana, the 350-pound Siberian tiger who attacked three visitors, did not relish life behind walls and moats.

San Francisco Zoo director Manuel A. Mollinedo now concedes Tatiana likely scaled her display’s 12.5 feet high wall. But even if 16.4 feet walls — the minimum size recommended by Association of Zoos and Aquariums — had prevented her escape, Tatiana’s impulse to flee would still exist.

Last year Tatiana tore the flesh from a zookeeper’s arm. Mr. Mollinedo said she “was acting as a normal tiger does.” He is right. But when Mr. Mollinedo seems puzzled over this year’s lack of warning signs and describes Tatiana as “very well-adjusted into [her] exhibit,” he misses the point. Wild, roaming animals do not belong inside exhibits in the first place.

Stringent safety measures are not enough. I urge city and zoo officials to phase out the tiger exhibit at San Francisco Zoo and release surviving animals to a captive wildlife sanctuary such as PAWS in Galt, California.

A 2003 Oxford University study lists lions, tigers, cheetahs and other large carnivores as lousy candidates for captivity. “It could be that…some species find roaming pleasurable,” states research biologist Dr. Georgia Mason. “They might be designed in such a way that roaming makes their central nervous system develop properly.”

Open-air enclosures with strategically placed flora cannot replicate a tiger’s range, social structure, or hunting patterns. Siberian tigers need vast forest terrain to survive. Roughly 330-370 adult Siberian tigers remain in the wild, mostly in the Russian Far East where they face habitat disintegration from human expansion, depletion of prey base, poaching, and trade in tiger parts for Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Efforts to stabilize populations within native habitats are crucial. I respect the San Francisco Zoo’s commitment to endangered wild cat species, but urge you to promote preservation of Siberian tigers in the Russian Far East — rather than within the artificial confines of a zoo.

Tatiana’s brief life ended with a bullet outside the zoo cafe. A teenager died and two more were wounded. Please let remaining tigers savor relative freedom in the open space and organic setting of a sanctuary like PAWS.

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SOURCE OF INFORMATION

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Escaped Tiger Kills One, Injures Two
http://allafrica.com/stories/200712280056.html

Zoo Admits Tiger Wall Was Too Short
http://www.inform.com/related_content/51216114,0

S.F. ZOO TIGER ATTACK OUTRAGE AT CITY HALL
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2007/12/27/MNA1U50EH.DTL&type=politics

Siberian Tiger Project
http://www.wcs.org/international/Asia/russia/siberiantigerproject

AMUR, Preserving Tigers And Leopards In The Wild
http://amur.org.uk/tigers.shtml

PAWS, Performing Animal Welfare Society
http://www.pawsweb.org/?gclid=CIeT9Lm_y5ACFQYNIgodTGQiXg

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From: API Newsletters – donotreply [at] apiforanimals.org
Date: Dec 29, 2007 3:27 AM
Subject: Join the Debate on the Future of Wild Animals in Captivity

Join the Debate on the Future of Wild Animals in Captivity

News of the fatal mauling by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo on December 25 has made headlines around the world, igniting a much-needed and long-overdue national debate about the future of wild animals in captivity. Recently released information about this incident suggests that faulty architecture at the zoo may have facilitated the tiger’s escape.

Born Free USA united with Animal Protection Institute is at the forefront of the debate about wild animals in captivity — responding to a barrage of media inquiries as part of our efforts to keep wildlife in the wild. You may even have seen our Senior Vice President, Adam Roberts, take on Jack Hanna on Good Morning America Thursday morning, as he spoke to questions about this issue.

We hope you will join us in the public debate, by submitting comments in response to the news coverage of this issue, and by voting in ABC’s online poll.

For more about our approach to this issue, and to take action now, go to http://www.api4animals.org/actionalerts.php?p=1388&more=1

Thanks for speaking out on behalf of big cats!

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