The letter from Cher to Thai Minister of Natural Resources Mr Varawut Silpa-Archa

Dear Honorable Minister Varawut Silpa-Archa,

I would like to extend our warmest congratulations, on all your wonderful conservation initiatives that your government has undertaken.

Our charitable organization, Free The Wild, endeavors to stop the suffering of the wild animals in captivity and ultimately finding a way to release them into sanctuaries, wherever possible.

For this purpose, I’m writing to you of a deep concern of the living conditions of Buanoi gorilla and the other primates held in Pata zoo.

With the assistance of the Aspinall Foundation, we have secured a fabulous Sanctuary for Buanoi and other primates. It would be a home of peace and dignity where she could live out her life in a natural environment and companionship with other species in the Congo.

The sanctuary has the experience and capability to facilitate it and we can fund the transfer at no cost to the owner Mr. Kanit Sermsirimongkol or the government. The sanctuary has been running Gorilla rescue and release program in the neighboring Republics of Congo and Gabon for over 35 years and have released over 70 gorillas during this time.

For the Orangutans, Bonibo and the Gibbon the Wildlife Friends Foundation of Thailand have offered them a home. Their foundation has several different projects including animal rescue, rehabilitation and veterinary assistance to wild animals.

Such transfer would have significant welfare benefits and sends a powerful message about protecting and conservation. We sincerely request your support in preventing the future granting of permits or licenses to keep Buanoi in her current situation and assist with granting the release of Buanoi and the other suffering primates.

Free The Wild ( look forward to hearing from you.

Best Wishes,


Cher Tweeting about Buanoi to bring awareness about her story and offer solution.