Cher saved Kaavan, now she’s trying to save a Thailand’s only gorilla

Yvonne O'Halloran

After saving the worlds loneliest elephant, singer Cher turns her attention to a mall gorilla who has spent most of her life at a zoo in a Bangkok shopping centre.

Bua Noi was brought to Thailand in 1988 as a baby and has spent most of her life in an enclosure at Pata Zoo. Cher has written to the Thailand’s environment minister to express her deep concern over the gorilla’s living conditions and of other primates.

Pata Zoo which is located at the top of a department store, has been labaled as “one of the saddest places in the world” by animal rights group PETA Asia which petitioned for the facility to be closed down after an investigation this year found the animals stuck in concrete cells with no physical or mental stimulation.

Free the Wild, a charity that was co-founded by Cher, has offered to find the transfer of the gorilla to a sanctuary in the Republic of Congo.

Free The Wild co-founder Mark Cowne told Sky News that the charity had received reports that the zoo was “overrun with rats and cockroaches,” with many visitors concerned about the mental well-being of the animals.

Cher posted on Twitter to vent her frustration at the owner of the zoo and department store, Kanit Sermsirimongkol, calling him a “greedy” and “money hungry man” who was profiting at the expense of animals “trapped” in captivity.

Good People Of Bangkok I Know You Will Understand & Help Me Stop The Torturing Of Innocent Animals,” she tweeted, urging her 3.8 million followers to help her “bring peace” to the animals at Pata Zoo.


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