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Since the opening in 1999, many of the animals have died due to being caught in the center of active conflict.
... are suffering as well as a hyena, several wolves, monkeys, cats, dogs, ostriches, emus and other birds.
The zoo is very small and covers an area of only about 10,000 sq. m. The cages are small, old and dirty.
The owner has run out of funds and is unable to improve living conditions, expand enclosures, or even provide adequate food for the animals. We need to help them!
Socialization of lions
Integration of the three cubs from the Rafah Zoo (Laith, Labwa, and Marion the declawed lioness) with three other cubs confiscated in Jordan (Pablo, Dohal and Layla) is successful.
FOUR PAWS transfers the animals
The three lions cubs, among them the declawed lioness, are released to Al Ma’Wa for Nature and Wildlife, a cooperation project between FOUR PAWS and the Princess Alia Foundation. Two adult lions are transferred to our sanctuary LIONSROCK in South Africa. Other animals are either released into the wild (in a protected area) or remain at the New Hope Center in Amman, Jordan. The dogs and cats are under the care of the Humane Center for Animal Welfare until they can be sent to their new homes.
FOUR PAWS Rescues animals from Rafah Zoo
The animals from the Rafah Zoo, also known as the Zoo of Sorrows, are evacuated and transferred to Jordan at the New Hope Center.
During the team's second entry attempt, a FOUR PAWS rescue team successfully enters the Gaza strip to save the animals of the Rafah Zoo.
First Entry Attempts
First attempt for the FOUR PAWS team to enter Gaza. Due to the military escalation and the closing of the borders at that period, the team had to go back and postpone the rescue.
Declawing of one of the lionesses. This operation was described as cruel in the local newspapers.
Lion cubs freeze
4 lions cubs were born at the Rafah Zoo and tragically passed away due to freezing conditions.
FOUR PAWS start negotiations with the Rafah Zoo
Assessment trip to Gaza, Rafah Zoo in order to provide some care for the animals. Start of the negotiations. Owner willing to hand over the animals and close the zoo.
Khan Younis Zoo is history!
FOUR PAWS conducted an intense rescue mission to save the remaining 15 animals at Khan Younis Zoo.
Cubs from Rafah Zoo are safe!
In 2015, a father of six bought the cubs from Rafah Zoo as a treat for his grandchildren. The new ‘pets’ quickly pushed the family to their financial and physical limits. FOUR PAWS rescued the two cubs from this irresponsible private keeping.
FOUR PAWS closed Al-Bisan Zoo and rescued the animals!
More than 80 animals died when a zoo in northern Gaza was severely damaged by air strikes. An emergency team by FOUR PAWS managed to get there and help the 20 surviving animals. Dr. Amir Khalil and his team delivered urgently needed medicine and food. Luckily, FOUR PAWS was able to close down the zoo.