London Zoo – here its lioness Arya photographed in January 2022 – an original idea to warn about endangered animals.
ANIMALS – A crocodile bag behind a window? It’s the brainchild of London Zoo. The usual occupant of the enclosure, the Siamese crocodile, has been replaced by a bag made with the skin of a fellow animal in the corn to warn of endangered animals.
The bag in question was confiscated at a UK airport, according to the zoo’s reptile and amphibian curator. “We have produced this exhibition (…) to draw visitors’ attention to the devastating impact of the illegal wildlife trade on species around the world”, explains Ben Tapley, in an interview for The HuffPost UK.
A flashy idea that does not date from yesterday but which has suddenly experienced a new craze since this tweet.
London Zoo don’t piss https://t.co/C9cxoDCba2
— T🍅M (@sleepy_homo)
London Zoo woke up and chose violence. https://t.co/QrLDMJMFZT
— General William T. Sherman (@GenWmTSherman)
In comment of the publication of the user @sleepy_homo, one can read: “ It’s art. We need more unexpected activism in ‘normal’ places like this. Even though usually the zoo has some sort of connection to conservation, this level of ‘shock’ is 👩🍳🤌”
@sleepy_homo @UrsulaV It’s art. We need more unexpected activism from “normal” places like this. Even if usual… https://t.co/pU4MxZYtZd
—Ren Elizabeth | Eco-Conscious Artist (@HerbalLandline)
“We work globally with governments and local communities to protect wildlife, support law enforcement that targets trafficking networks, empower local communities aided by TNI, and reduce demand for endangered wildlife”, resume Ben Tapley.
80% of Siamese crocodiles have disappeared
On the sign at the bottom left, the London Zoo took the liberty of adding a sarcastic and unequivocal message: “This bag was once found swimming in slow-flowing rivers and streams in Southeast Asia and Indonesia. During the last 75 years more than 80% of Siamese crocodiles have disappeared. Many, like this one, have been hunted for their skins as part of the illegal wildlife trade. »
The species is critically endangered and placed on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List. It is endemic to Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Burma and Thailand – where it has only been found twice in ten years. According to the IUCN, there were fewer than 1,000 Siamese crocodiles left in the wild.
See also on The HuffPost: A crocodile crunches the drone of a TV channel in the middle of filming