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End Mali’s suffering, get her out of the zoo

I am a college student from the United States visiting the Philippines for the first time. Upon arriving here, I heard a lot about an elephant named Mali. I decided last June 5 to check her out and see what has made her a local celebrity.

Posted: June 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

A Jesuit elephant in 17th-century Manila

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Mali is a 40-year-old elephant from Sri Lanka who made international news when Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) launched a campaign to transfer her from her sorry quarters at the Manila Zoo to an elephant sanctuary in Thailand. I remember seeing Mali during a school field trip many years ago, and now wonder if she deserves some rest especially in this unusually hot summer. She is probably the only live elephant a Filipino child will ever see in the country today, and it is hard to imagine a time when elephants roamed in the Philippines.

Posted: June 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Revolt in the Manila Zoo

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When it was time to leave the zoo I sat near the giant aviary that is close to the entrance, waiting for my wife, Alice and our coworker Ivy to come back from the comfort room. I was close enough to the aviary to hear a group of eagles, flamingos and storks talking. They don’t move their lips or bills, but you can hear them if you listen closely.

Posted: November 10th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Mali’s life in zoo worse than stint in POW camp

I am writing to you today concerning a matter that is very close to my heart—the plight of Mali, the lone elephant at the Manila Zoo. I am an American citizen and have never visited the Philippines, yet elements of Mali’s life bear stark similarities to my own.

Posted: September 25th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Adopt a zoo

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Or, well, a bit of it. I’ve written on this matter many, many times before (six columns since 2008), and I’m gratified to see that the new mayor of Manila agrees with me: He’ll keep the Manila Zoo.

Posted: August 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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