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Gaza Strip: FOUR PAWS active in worst zoo in the world


© FOUR PAWS | 2015

Update, 06/17/2015: Lion cubs in Gaza refugee camp


During our last visit to Gaza, FOUR PAWS learned that two lion cubs are living in bad conditions in a refugee camp. Clearly, a refugee camp is not an appropriate home for humans or wild animals. We are urgently trying to get permission to enter Gaza and bring these cubs to a better place.

© FOUR PAWS | 2015

FOUR PAWS has responded to a call to help Khan Younis zoo, in southern Gaza, which has been described by the media as the "worst zoo in the world". This is  FOUR PAWS’ second emergency mission in the Gaza strip in the past few months. In autumn 2014, FOUR PAWS rescued three lions from the severely damaged Al Bisan Zoo and transferred them to a transit rescue station in Jordan.

© FOUR PAWS | 2015

Emergency team provides help for animals in Khan Younis Zoo in Gaza

Our emergency team, led by Dr. Amir Khalil, has seen first hand the particularly appalling situation for the animals at Khan Younis Zoo. The few surviving animals at the zoo have no food, hardly any fresh water and no access to veterinary care.

The severely damaged enclosures are covered with garbage and debris. The two remaining big cats – a lioness and a tiger – are penned up in their enclosures and appear to be highly emaciated. Several other animals have sadly already starved to death. Our team on site is providing immediate help to the animals that have survived.Together with our partner 30 millions d'amis  we will provide them with food and veterinary care for the next three months to offer time for the local authorities and the owner of the zoo to find a sustainable solution for the animals. 

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