The pictures of the starving lions trapped in the Sudanese Al Qurashi Family Park Zoo have made headlines around the world. Weary, malnourished lions lied on the ground in a zoo enclosure in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, their bones protruding under their skin: the disturbing images from a private zoo park posted online have evoked worldwide sympathy and moves to save them.
The emaciated lions are just a few of the many animals that are slowly starving to death there. Just last week, one of the lions passed away after months of unberable suffering.
But there is finally hope for the starving animals of Al Qurashi park zoo.The team surrounding Dr Amir Khalil arrived in Khartoum on January 27 and immediately started its vital work for the animals.
Kandanka, the lioness, has been fighting for her life for months and now she may finally stand a chance. The lion Mansour, who’s name means “Victorious” in Sudanese, is also very dehydrated but is healthy enough to be anaesthetised. He was examined with ultrasound, which showed signs of early stages of chronic kidney disease.
Four Paws vets Amir Khalil and Frank Goeritz are doing everything they can, however the rescue operation needs funds. That is why Four Paws launched worldwide call for supporting their life-saving mission in Sudan.
The images were initially shared by Sudanese activist Osman Salih earlier in January and have since been circulated widely online, sparking a campaign to try to save the lions under the hashtag #SudanAnimalRescue.
Zoo staff told Four Paws that conditions of the animals had dramatically deteriorated over the past few weeks, resulting in some of the animals losing almost two-thirds of their body weight.
The tiger that killed Zoo keeper Rosa King has not been put down so far and was unharmed, police said. However there are concerns of the animal rights defenders, who oppose the idea of killing the wild animal for exposing natural instincts. Tigers belong to the wilde, but not to the cages in zoo.
A joint investigation by police and Huntingdonshire District Council – which is responsible for licensing the zoo – is currently under way. Rosa King, 34, died at Hamerton Zoo Park in Cambridgeshire on 29 of May as a result of encounter with one of the tigers, entering anciently the enclosure. Ms.King was a very experienced animal caretaker, however her skills of working with big cats did not protect her from the abhorrent end.
The tragic death of zookeeper raises questions of public safety and ethics of keeping wild animals in the zoo – it is neither educational, no entertaining. The exposure of the keepers risking lives deprives the entire endeavour of the maintenance of wild animals in captivity of any joy. Even more, it is to be blamed to those who pay for the tickets while knowing that any moment an accident can occur, and a human life would be sacrificed for a distant glance at a wild beast one can watch close-up at any digital screen.
The friends of Rosa King are sure she would not approve of the killing of the tiger to whose natural predator instincts she had fallen a victim. The responsibility lies on those who regard zoo as an entertainment, and who pay money for the ticket encouraging to import wildlife, sentencing the tigers to life-long misery in captivity, and the keepers risking to die an atrocious death in claws of the beasts. Hopefully in 21 century one can switch to more civilized ways of spending bank holidays, than watching people mauled by tigers like at arena of Ancient Rome. #BANzoo #RespectNATURE
Found abandoned in February, Lula the bear and Simba the lion were starving and living in cages filled with feces and urine. Lula was also suffering from pneumonia. Simba had a joint condition, and both animals had severe diarrhea and rotting teeth. Locals were trying to look after and feed the remaining bear and lion, whose future looked grim.
After one failed attempt to rescue a lion and bear from the Mosul zoo in Iraq, a team from Four Paws this week successfully brought Simba and Lula to their new home — an animal sanctuary in Jordan.
Poachers have broken into a zoo near Paris and shot a rhinoceros dead before stealing his hugely valuable ivory horn.
In the first case of its kind ever in Europe, the five-year-old animal, named Vince, was found dead in Thoiry, west of the French capital.
According to police the zoo raid happened late last night, and it was not until 9am today that zookeepers made the horrifying discovery.
A source speaking to Le Parisien newspaper said “the animal had been shot with three bullets to the head, and his horn was cut off with a chainsaw”.
Poachers killed 1,054 South African rhinos for their horns in 2016, a 10 percent dip on a year earlier, the environment ministry said Monday, as officials struggle to quell the slaughter.