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THIS PETITION IS ALREADY CLOSED.
Urgent Campaign to help Yupi the Polar Bear in
PLEASE GO HERE TO PRINT THE PETITION THERE AND HELP YUPI NOW!
Photo Credit: E. Ceballos (CATCA)
We have now a petition online for Yupi
Please sign and share it with others.
UPDATES FOR THE YUPI CAMPAIGN (March 2012)
March 3, 2012
The zoo director first said that he would consider to let go Yupi if we could
guarantee that she will survive for at least 5 years at her new home, which it
is senseless and we can't guarantee nobody lives! Then he said he would not
allow her to go abroad and that they were making renovations on her areas. Look at the video:
They even gave Yupi a toy for the cameras purpose!
March 30, 2012
Unfortunately we have some sad news: The Zoo director passed away of a bactery
that he contracted at the zoo.
After a long discussion we all decided to stick to the original plan.
On early May the petitions will be delivered to the temporary zoo director, the
assistant of the former zoo director.
UPDATES FOR THE YUPI CAMPAIGN (February 3rd,
We have excellent news.
- The Green Party of Mexico is now our voice for
this campaign in Mexico.
- Born Free UK just joined our efforts in this
- Our other animal welfare colleagues in Europe
and Canada, have also been active collecting
signatures for our petitions to help Yupi.
- Very soon we will know for sure to which
facility Yupi can be transfer, but most probably it
will be Europe.
The new deadline to send out the signatures you
collected on the petitions AT THE LATEST is March
21st 2012. Please send them to the adresses in the UK
or Canada provided here on the webpage.
Please print the petition to start to collect
signatures with your colleagues, friends and family
If you are in the UK or Europe, please send your
petitions by the end of February to this address:
Zoo Check team
Born Free Foundation
3 Grove House
Foundry Lane, Horsham
West Sussex RH13 5PL
If you are in Canada or the US:
788 1/2 O'Connor Drive
Toronto, ON M4B 2S6
For Mexico and Latin America:
Sr. Oscar Vélez Ruiz Gaitán
Coordinador de Ecología y Vida Silvestre, CEN,
Partido Verde Ecologista Mexicano
Cerrada Loma Bonita #18,
Colonia Lomas Altas Delegación Miguel Hidalgo, México
D.F. C.P. 11950
For the rest of the world:
Scan the petitions with the signatures and send
them to CATCA by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Very important, on the subject line please write:
YUPI PETITIONS, so I will not miss them!)
or send them to us:
Campaigns Against the Cruelty to Animals P.O. Box 16021
617 Belmont Street
New Westminster BC V3M-6W6
Thank you for helping us to help Yupi!
I was monitoring Yupi the polar bear at the Morelia
Zoo in Mexico on behalf of ZOOCHECK Canada in
February-March 2009. Yupi suffers already of some
stereotypical behavior problems, her fur is covered
with green algae and she suffers terribly because of
the heat in her barren concrete enclosure.
In the video you can see one of her several
stereotypical behaviors. Other abnormal behaviors
that she shows are to swim few meters by the window
of her pool, stop and return to the point of origin,
and few seconds she repeats the same action several
times in a row. Also, she already displays several
other types of stereotypic behavior, repeating her
movements over and over when swimming or walking or
laying down, which is caused by the stress,
frustration and the empty artificial environment of
Please check this website of ZOOCHECK Canada to get
to know more facts about Yupi and Polar Bears:
Here is a petition
for which you
can collect signatures from your family, friends and
ONE MEXICAN POLAR BEAR IS IN HOT WATER
Yupi is an 18-year old female polar bear. She lives
alone at the Morelia Zoo in Michoacan, Mexico. Her
days are routine and predictable, her enclosure is
undersized and barren, and she has no relief from
Mexico’s warm climate. This is her story.
Yupi was brought to the Morelia Zoo as a 3-month old
cub because she was orphaned in Alaska, the most
northern part of the United States. When Yupi arrived
at the Morelia Zoo, she was placed in the old grizzly
bear grotto. She has stayed in the same enclosure for
the past 18 years, and not much has changed. Yupi’s
cage is undersized and barren. It’s made of hard
concrete, and does not have natural floors, like
soil, sand, grass or mulch, for her to lie on or dig
The Morelia Zoo is located in Central Mexico,
therefore Yupi is exposed to warm, tropical weather
year-round. Polar bears are not adapted to handle
warm temperatures like this – normally they would
experience below freezing temperatures in their
native habitat. Polar bears have evolved, physically
and behaviourally, to live in extremely cold climates
- their bodies have adapted to hunt across ice and
snow, and swim in freezing waters. Polar bears do not
cope well in warm climates and they can overheat
Yupi’s enclosure does not contain anything that would
help cool her down in Morelia’s warm weather – there
are no shade structures in her cage, and her swimming
pool is not cooled to provide relief from the heat.
Yupi is not provided with opportunities to escape the
heat. This is no life for an animal that has adapted
to live in cold, Arctic temperatures.
Yupi spends her days following a predictable routine
– she is fed the same food, at the same time every
day. For most of the day, Yupi is inactive and lies
on the hard barren concrete floors of her enclosure.
Sometimes, Yupi will go for a swim in her warm pool.
Her only access to the outside world is through three
small viewing windows on one side of her pool, where
visitors can watch her swim. Yupi has been observed
swimming in front of this window, back and
The Morelia Zoo claims that Yupi is a valuable asset
to their animal collection and that she is well-liked
by the visiting public. But visitors are not provided
with many viewing opportunities to see Yupi - the
cement walls of her enclosure have been raised so
visitors cannot look or throw things in, and the only
viewing opportunity is through the underwater
windows. Also, Yupi is the Morelia Zoo’s only Arctic
animal, so she doesn’t fit in with the rest of the
There is hope for Yupi – and you can help.
The Morelia Zoo has been approached about relocating
Yupi to a more suitable facility in a colder climate
where she would have room to roam, other polar bears
for company, and colder, snowier conditions that are
more like her natural habitat in the wild. There are
facilities that have already offered to take her, if
the Zoo will allow her a chance for a better
We are urging people, like you, to write letters to
the Morelia Zoo, to your local Mayor, and to your
local Governor, and let them know that you want to
see Yupi moved to a more appropriate facility that
will provide her with more room to play and exercise,
a cold pool to swim in and more appropriate weather
for this majestic Arctic animal. With your help, we
can convince the Zoo that moving Yupi to a different
facility will benefit both Yupi and the Zoo – they
will be seen as an ethical facility, concerned about
the welfare of their animals, and as a leader among
other Mexican Zoos.
For more information about this important cause,
please visit the website
Thank you for your kind attention.