In war-torn Yemen, zoo animals face daily struggles. Lebanon’s war makes life a daily struggle for millions of civilians, but animals in the country’s neglected zoos, including lions, leopards, and baboons also face an uncertain future.
Among those fighting on behalf of the animals is Kim-Michelle Broderick, founder of One World Actors Animal Rescues, which raises funds to keep Yemen’s zoo creatures alive.
FOUR PAWS directed an emergency strategic mission on November 29th taking care of few animals kept in two zoos in the south of Lebanon. Because of the progressing war in the nation, both privately owned zoos do not have the assets to deal with their suffering animals.
After the approval from the government, the FOUR PAWS group, comprising of wildlife veterinarians and animal attendants, headed out to Lebanon to help the two zoos with medicines and proper food. FOUR PAWS is as of now dealing with a long haul answer for the animals wellbeing.
The assistance of FOUR PAWS’ salvage group showed up without in the last moment for the wild animals, for example, such as Syrian brown bears, lions, and hyenas.
Because of the dubious circumstance in Lebanon, there is as of now no subsidizing accessible for urgently needed medicines and food. Along these lines, local animal welfare organization Animals Lebanon have asked FOUR PAWS for help.
“Both the zoos and animals are in a terrible state. The lack of staff, food, water, and proper keeping conditions has taken its toll on the animals. They urgently need our help. At the moment, we cannot say anything about a potential rescue, but we are working with our partner Animals Lebanon on a solution to transfer them to a more species-appropriate place”,
-Amir Khalil, FOUR PAWS veterinarian and head of the emergency mission, who has already rescued more than 60 zoo animals from Syria, Iraq and the Gaza Strip.
The animals of the two Lebanese zoos visited by FOUR PAWS are caught in modest enclosures, some of them are smaller than a ping-pong table. The bears have no water, the lions get no enrichment and were declawed (a particularly brutal method). One of the hyenas had her teeth broken when she was gotten from the wild. She lies lethargically on the filthy floor of her pen and critically needs medical care and consideration.
There are now six zoos in Lebanon, which are all secretly run and open to people in general. As indicated by an investigation by the local animal welfare association, Animals Lebanon, these zoos keep altogether around 30 primates, almost 50 reptiles and 60 large birds.
The conditions in the zoos are, generally, not species-proper. A significant number of animals live in little, desolate fenced in areas and show the social issue. Because of hunger and the absence of medicinal care, zoo animals endure serious medical issues.