It was reported that the zoo did not provide medical attention to Yani the whole time she was sick. The elephant lain prone on the ground for more than a week and was found dead with bruises on its body. The zoo has now been temporarily closed as officials began an investigation.
The West Java Nature Conservation Agency (BKSDA) lambasted the zoo management for not assigning a vet to Yani. “Having a vet is mandatory. They haven’t had one for a year,” said Sylvana Ratna.
Bandung Zoo spokesman Sudaryo defended the zoo, saying that its own veterinarian had resigned last year and that they have not been able to find a replacement with experience in handling wild animals, quoted from Jakarta Globe.
Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil previously criticized Bandung Zoo’s apparent mistreatment of animals and suggested that the zoo may have financial issues. However, Ridwan admitted that the Bandung administration can’t meddle with the management of the zoo as it is a privately run institution, quoted from Coconuts Jakarta.
The conservation agency also plans to perform medical check-ups to all the animals in Bandung Zoo after they ascertain the cause of the elephant’s death, said Sylviana.