Polar bears being kept in zoos in hot countries are a great cause for concern. The potential for continual – but barely noticeable – suffering, is huge. This story and request for help focusses on Yupi.
Yupi is a female polar bear who was brought to the Morelia Zoo in Mexico in 1992 when she was only 3 months old. She came from Alaska as an orphaned cub. Upon arrival at the Mexican zoo Yupi was placed in an old grizzly bear pen. This is the pen in which she still lives today… she’s is now 20 years old.
Since Morelia is located in the central part of Mexico, Yupi is exposed to a temperate climate year-round, meaning that temperatures remain high throughout the year. This is dramatically different from what Yupi would experience in her native Alaska, where below freezing winters and cooler summers are the norm. In addition, she is confined in her holding area (a dank, barren, concrete bunker) for the bulk of each day, in conditions far worse than her main enclosure.
On the 3rd of May the international Save Yupi Coalition hand-delivered an amazing 82,000 signatures and protest letters to the director of Morelia Zoo. But we need to keep the pressure on!
Take action by clicking on this link