In 2012 Melbourne Zoo is celebrating its 150th birthday.
Earlier in the year I wrote an opinion piece about the Zoo's decision to use images of the baby elephant it bred in captivity - Mali - as one of their principle means of commemorating the event. I wrote:
The Zoo's idea was to commission artists to paint Mali sized statutes and to place those painted statutes around the city of Melbourne.
The statues have now started appearing throughout the city. The photo below was taken in Parkville. The second photo is the text that accompanies the statute.
While I think the artistry is beautify, I am no less disappointed by Melbourne Zoo's choice. My view is that the thing Melbourne Zoo should be least proud of is its elephant enclosure. I wrote earlier in the year:
If Melbourne Zoo is going to fight extinction by caging animals why can't it do it by housing animals in enclosures that are appropriate for the animal in question? Stick instincts may have the capacity to thrive in small cages. I don't think the same is true for elephants.