Honourable Minister Barbara Creecy
Minister of Fisheries, Forestry and Environment
12 April 2021
Dear Honourable Minister Creecy,
The EMS Foundation Concern for the Animals at the National Zoological Gardens
On Sunday 11th of April 2021, the EMS Foundation received messages, and was repeatedly tagged on various social media platforms, from concerned South African citizens about the conditions at the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria (NZG).
The subject matter of the initial social media post is concern for the animals at the NZG, in particular the lack of water in the cages and the total disrepair of the zoo. We append below, screenshots of the social media posts. For your record:
At 17:27pm the post written by a person by the name of Therese de Lange about the Pretoria zoo had received 200 comments and had been shared on Facebook 1995 times.
At 19.09pm the post about the Pretoria zoo had received 2919 shares.
Today at 7.42am the post about the Pretoria zoo had received 5733 shares.
A secondary post written by Abel Vilakaze in which he included 94 other people appeared on Facebook. At 07.31am this morning this post was shared 232 times.