Last year, the Surabaya Zoo was responsible for 43 animal deaths in a three month period, earning the park the well-deserved nickname "world's cruelest zoo."
A petition to close down the Surabaya Zoo on Change.org has gained over 162,000 signatures.
*Note: Photo is being used as illustration, not to depict a specific lion.
ACTION ALERT: Zoos and Aquariums
Hundreds of millions of people visit zoos every year, despite increasing public anxiety about animals in captivity. If you want to make sure you're at least visiting a zoo that makes efforts to be humane, make sure it is on the list of U.S. facilities accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums; internationally accredited facilities are listed here by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. If you want to see whether a facility has any recent USDA violations, you can search this database. You can report a zoo or aquarium to the USDA here. And if you want to become active against having animals in captivity, Peta and Born Free USA offer places to start.