6 February 2023

JGI Statement on the death of a baby Orangutan in Switzerland

© JGI/Brett Jordan

We’ve learned that Basel Zoo has recently killed a four-day-old baby orangutan after her mother Revital unexpectedly passed away. We urge the international zoo community to reject a policy of killing healthy animals. It should be an honour for each and every zoo and sanctuary to care for individual animals. Every zoo and sanctuary should pledge to care for the animals they exhibit as individuals. These animals are not property and decisions should be made that are in the best interests of these individuals themselves.

Read the full statement here