Manila Zoo’s Mali, the World’s Loneliest Elephant, dies at 47

Mali, Manila Zoo’s only elephant standing, bids farewell after passing away yesterday, November 28, 2023. 

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Her death was confirmed and announced by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna. Mali’s death is reportedly caused by congestive heart failure. After almost 42 years, Mali is now running free, as she deserved in the first place, but it’s a sadder freedom than anyone imagined.

Mali Arrives in the Philippines

Vishwa Ma’ali, or Mali, arrived in Manila in May 1981 and has been inhabiting the Manila Zoo before her death in 2023. She was three years old when she came to the Philippines from Sri Lanka. 

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Mali is dubbed by the members of the Ethical Treatment of Animals as one of the saddest and loneliest elephants in the world. This is because Mali has been the only elephant captive at Manila Zoo. 

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Despite efforts to free her, none of the Manila Mayors permitted the poor gentle creature’s release.

Rest in Peace, Mali. You are now free.

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