LYKA, the blind lioness has been written off as a ‘breeding mistake’ by the zoo, after going blind as a result of a congenital eye problem and now lives in a very small and barren enclosure in the zoo that is based in Iloilo, Southern Philippines. PhilZoos is an individual zoo facility, a government-run zoo in the Philippines. We have had reports that the rest of the zoo is in sub-standard condition as well.
PhilZoos is the Philippine Zoos & Aquariums Association – The National Zoo Association of the Philippines. Maasin zoo does not abide PhilZoo’s ethical and welfare philosophy. However, our colleagues in the Philippines and at PhilZoos, are concerned for all animals in captivity and have told us that: “While Maasin Zoo is not a member of Philippine Zoos & Aquarium Association, Philzoos, however, is looking into the matter already and is coordinating with Maasin Zoo and the concerned government agency on addressing the issues raised.”
Visitors were also quoted as saying that other animals near LYKA were also in very poor health and living in extremely unhealthy conditions. Maasin Zoo is government-funded but staff has said that they don’t have enough money to improve the enclosures or properly care for the animals.
It’s unacceptable that Lyka and other animals at the Maasin Zoo continue to suffer from neglect in captivity while zoo officials and government do nothing.
Please sign the petition HERE to call on the Governor of Iloilo to immediately close the Maasin Zoo and free Lyka to a sanctuary. Please, we must save this beautiful Lioness. To see such a beautiful creature suffering like no one cares is extremely painful to see. Thank you sincerely !