Renewed 2012 Push to Help Yupi - Join the Campaign!

 Yupi is a 22 year old female polar bear living at the Morelia Zoo in Mexico. Yupi was brought to the Morelia Zoo in Mexico in 1992 when she was only 3 months old. She was brought from Alaska as an orphaned cub. Upon arrival at the Mexican zoo Yupi was placed in an old grizzly bear pen and sadly this small pen is what she still lives in today... 22 years later.

Polar bears have evolved to occupy a very narrow ecological niche. Their body characteristics have adapted for cold temperatures, moving across snow, ice, open water, and hunting. All polar bears have certain basic physical and physiological requirements. They require very cold climate, large spaces, complex natural terrain, and complexity, choice, and control in their daily lives.

Yupi's life at the Morelia Zoo is cruel and deficient in many ways based on a polar bears needs. She spends her time in a tiny and barren enclosure which is in a tropical climate that is not at all appropriate for polar bears. Her enclosure is composed entirely of hard concrete, and she has no soft surfaces to walk on or lie on.

On top of this, she is locked up in her tiny holding pen for almost 17 hours each day. Her pen is barren, hard, damp, and does not allow in any natural light and she has no means of any mental stimulation. No polar bear should have to be subjected to these kind of living conditions day in and day out.

Pressure has been put on the Morelia Zoo to relocate her but they claim that Yupi is a valuable asset to their live collection and a showcase animal that is well-liked by members of the public. However this is not a valid point on their part considering the very limited viewing opportunities provided to visitors who come to see Yupi.

On the 3rd of May of this year the international Save Yupi Coalition hand-delivered an amazing 82,000 signatures and protest letters to the director of Morelia Zoo. In addition to that Zoocheck has conducted a search for a new permanent home for Yupi and there is interest in providing Yupi a new appropriate home. But first Morelia Zoo has to agree that Yupi should be moved to a more appropriate climate and facility that is better suited for polar bears.

Although Yupi is no longer a young bear, she could live for a number of years yet. Whatever time she has left, Yupi should be allowed to enjoy life in a home where she can actually do some of the things that polar bears naturally do. Yupi shouldn't have to spend the rest of her life living in a concrete exhibit in the extreme heat of central Mexico.

Please add your voice to protest Yupi's living conditions in her current home at the Morelia Zoo. Take a minute to send a prewritten letter to the zoo by clicking on the link below.

Responses to "Polar bear in central Mexico zoo is living under cruel conditions - please help her!"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Breaks my heart :'( This is completely inhumane... I made sure my email was sent. Is there anything else I can do besides sharing and calling????

  2. Anonymous says:

    That polar bear should be taken out of that cell set free. Get hold of the International Animal Justice to have this animal out of there and put where he belongs. PLEASE HELP THIS POLAR BEAR...

  3. Kathryn says:

    Please let the animal out the prison it has done no crime and is innocent. This innocent poor souls should be set free, it very unnatural and wicked to keep it in a prison like this, the human beings responsible should not be allowed to have any care of animals.

  4. This is just so cruel!!! Please release this beautiful polar bear immediately!!!

  5. Anonymous says:

    poor baby Please help this polar bear.. let her go you cruel assholes.

  6. Anonymous says:

    To those who refuse to let her go. Please stay in a pen such as hers for 1 year...see how well you do. Let her go !

  7. Anonymous says:

    Put the owner inside¡¡

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is a disgrace!
    I dislike cruelty to any animal<> humans are barbarians!

  9. how can someone do that, they obviously don't have a heart, call themselves human PFT disgusting!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    An absolute disgrace :-( why are people (can not use the word human as add an E and they are not that !!) Please help thi wonderful creature and take action against her persecutors NOW.

  11. Unknown says:

    Disgraceful, disgraceful, discrafeful!

  12. Anonymous says:

    This awesome animal belongs in the wild to live its life out naturally. Release her and let her live.

  13. Anonymous says:

    THis majestic animal should not be treated this way. Where is Peta and the other organizations? They should be getting here moved someplace where she will be healthy and happy!

  14. Yes, disgraceful!

  15. Anonymous says:

    send this bear home to the north set it free

  16. Anonymous says:

    Breaks my heart , disgraceful......Where is Peta and the other organizations?

  17. Unknown says:

    No creature should be kept in an environment that is foreign to his own. Polar bears need the cold, ice climes and water to fish, no zoo can really offer all this, especially in the tropics! Stop this cruelty and stop it now!

  18. Anonymous says:

    Please let the polar bear live in a humane habitat where the bears should be !! The polar bear needs stimulation for its mind, correct temperatures for its body,balanced nourishment for its health, and a place it can be out in the fresh air not stuck in a damp,dark,cement prison!!!

  19. Anonymous says:

    DEPLORABLE! God must be so disappointed in such cruelty to one of his beautiful creatures! Please get Yupi out of that horrible place!

  20. Anonymous says:

    Why the hell is the polar bear so important. If this bear is in a zoo there are probably other animals there in just as horrible of condition. What about them?

    You guys all seem like extremists to me, what with trying to call in PETA and saying the bear should be released even though it's been in captivity for so long that that probably isn't an option. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt though, just keep in mind the fact that an animal is fluffy and cute doesn't make it more valuable than any other animal. If you save the bear look into helping the other animals too.

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  22. oh so cruel for yupi.plz get it out of that place.

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  24. Ruth says:

    How cruel. All sentient beings should be happy and safe. I wish for a happy outcome. Big love guys xx

  25. Anonymous says:

    Terrible, how can they do this!!!!????

  26. Anonymous says:

    Very Sad !

  27. Anonymous says:

    My heart hurts for Yupi. After years she still looks up with such sweet dark eyes. Such hope still is there for her. Please give her, her miracle. We all deserve to be free of pain - to experience it at least once in our lives. After so many years please give her, her peace.

  28. Anonymous says:

    This is Horrible. No polar bear should live in this condition. If she HAD to live in Mexico make it so that it feels like she is back home in ALASKA.

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