Mali is the lone elephant inside the Manila Zoo, and the only captive elephant in the Philippines.  I remember going to Manila Zoo as a young child and have enjoyed the sight of these massive but gentle creature.

Elephants are highly social animals, and in the wild, females stay with their herds for their entire lives but Mali has spent about 33 years of her life alone inside a small concrete pen.  So, this petition should have been done a long time ago.

Mali has an opportunity for a second chance at life.  A sanctuary would be able to provide Mali with vast spaces to roam, ponds to bathe in, fresh vegetation, foraging opportunities, and the company of many other elephants.  President Aquino has issued a directive stating that Mali’s health must be evaluated and she must be sent to a sanctuary.  But, we still need your support – this is a critical time to keep the pressure on to ensure Mali is transferred without delay.

RainCHECK support PETA’s campaign to retire Mali to a sanctuary where she can have room to roam, other elephants to socialize with, and the life she truly deserves!

Here are just some of the ways people everywhere have shown support for MALI’s Freedom!


Please take a look at the following list of suggestions on how to help Mali and do everything that you can to share Mali’s plight with friends and ensure that Mali gets a second chance at enjoying life:

  • Please write to or call the mayor of Manila and urge him to do what’s right for Mali and immediately transfer her to a sanctuary:

Mayor Alfredo Lim
Mayor of Manila
(02) 527-4991
(02) 527-4983 (fax)
[email protected]

  • Take a minute of your life to watch a minute of Mali’s. Watch and share PETA Asia’s powerful public service announcement on YouTube and Facebook.
  • Check out PETA’s “Free Mali” photo album on our Facebook page. Repost the album to your Facebook page so that your friends and family can see the conditions that Mali endures every single day. If you want to help further, post the photo in this e-mail alert as your profile photo, or create your own photo or video telling your friends why Mali deserves freedom.
  • “Like” the Free Mali page on Facebook to stay updated on the campaign.
  • Sign the petition to urge the government to expedite Mali’s transfer.
  • Send a letter to the editor of a local newspaper educating others about Mali’s plight.  If published, you could reach thousands of readers.  Check out PETA US’ letter-writing guide for tips on how to write an effective letter. Write to thePhilippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippine Star, or the Manila Standard Today.  Don’t forget to include your address and phone number for verification purposes.
  • If you’re currently living outside the Philippines, write to the ambassador of the Philippines to your current country and ask that he or she do everything possible to intervene in behalf of Mali. You can find contact details here.
  • If you’re a teacher and want to involve your students in this campaign, please e-mail us.
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