Rescued from starvation: FOUR PAWS helps again in Gaza
Update: 2 -12 -2016
After providing food and medical care for 40 animals at Khan Younis Zoo in South Gaza, FOUR PAWS now also helped around 75 animals in another desolate zoo in the area this week.
Besides some lions, there are also hyenas, monkeys, foxes, dogs, parrots and other birds at the zoo. Similar to Khan Younis many animals at Rafah Zoo already died from starvation during the last months.
Animal welfare organization steps in to help 40 animals in need at Khan Younis Zoo in Gaza
For weeks, the emaciated tiger has only been fed frozen chicken – if anything. He is the only tiger at Khan Younis Zoo in South Gaza who has survived. Many animals, including Laziz’s partners, have starved to death during the last few weeks. There is virtually no food left, no fresh water and no medicine. Moreover, Gaza is experiencing an especially hard winter with heavy rainfalls, which takes a lot out of the already weakened and hungry animals.
Again, help will be provided by FOUR PAWS
Together with local supporters, the international animal welfare organisation organised a large supply of animal feed that will help get the zoo animals through the next several weeks. The food will continue to be distributed to the roughly 40 surviving animals for the next four weeks. Besides the tiger, there are leopards, foxes, porcupines, apes, eagles and other birds. The FOUR PAWS team will also bring urgently needed medicine for the animals from Jordan to Gaza.
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Despite Gaza being so small, there are six zoos there.
Most exotic animals were once smuggled from Egypt zo Gaza via underground tunnels. The situation has worsened since our last mission in April 2015. According to estimates, there were still 40 big cats in summer 2015. Now, it is said that there are only 15 left! Due to the bad weather there were no visitors at Khan Younis Zoo, which meant that the privately kept zoo did not have any income.
Because of the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip entry and exit to the area is very strictly regulated
In the coming days FOUR PAWS will also supply much needed food and medicine to another needy zoo in Gaza, Rafah Zoo, which is also inhabited by four lions. We would like to help all zoo animals, but we only have limited resources. We have already started an international call for donations and are urgently asking for support.