“When we first visited her, the walls were so high, and ... the only way to view her was through the window into her pool,” Woodyer said. “And that was because previous to that, people were throwing garbage into her enclosure. After that, they built a platform for people to stand up on and look over at her, but I think the same thing happened to her — people were throwing stuff into the enclosure.”
Besides getting trash thrown into it, Yupik’s enclosure was made of concrete, and she didn’t have any natural material to lie on, Woodyer said. When Zoocheck complained to the director of Morelia Zoo, the staff made some improvements to her enclosure.
“They put in a sunshade, and put in a bit of natural substrate for her, and started burying her food and creating some enrichment ideas,” Woodyer said. “Before they just let her sit there in the heat.”