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Cry for help from Gaza: FOUR PAWS takes care of animals at bombed-out zoo

2014-08-29

Update, 2014-10-01 - Lions from Gaza have been released into their new home in Jordan

 

The three lions from Gaza have been successfully released into their temporary compound in Jordan. At the moment FOUR PAWS is settling up a new animal shelter with the Princess Alia Foundation, the “Al Ma’wa for Nature and Wildlife”, which will be future home to rescued wild animals from all over the world. As soon as their new huge enclosures are ready, the lions will move into their permanent home, where they can live a species-appropriate life. 

 

Help us offer them a species-appropriate life in "Al Ma'wa" long-term! Donate now!


The lions survived the journey to Jordan rather well and have already been released last night.
© VIER PFOTEN | Birgit Leber

FOUR PAWS is also helping the remaining animals in Gaza zoo

A solution will also be found for the remaining 30 or so animals, including a macaque, vervet monkeys, wild cates, wolves, ostriches, pelicans, birds of prey, porcupines and a crocodile. FOUR PAWS veterinary and leader of the rescue mission in Gaza, Dr. Amir Khalil explains:  “We can see how much the people in Gaza love their zoo and its animals. So FOUR PAWS is pledging its expertise and financial support for the correct reconstruction of the enclosures. We also want to train the local team in how to deal with the animals.”

 

More support is also received by the French animal welfare organisation 30 millions d'amis.

 

To look after the animals there, the FOUR PAWS team urgently needs more financial support from people who care.



Update, 2014-09-30 - FOUR PAWS on the way to Jordan with rescued lions

 

This morning our team has prepared the rescued lions of Gaza zoo for departure to their new life in Jordan! All three of them are currently sleeping safe and sound in their cages, where they are being continuously checked on by FOUR PAWS veterinary Dr. Amir Khalil.

 

We'll keep you updated about their further journey to Jordan! Please help us secure a long-term species-appropriate life for the lions in Jordan!  Donate now!

 


Die Löwen sind am Vormittag in den VIER PFOTEN LKW verladen worden und befinden sich am Weg nach Jordanien.
© VIER PFOTEN | Birgit Leber

Update, 2014-09-29 - FOUR PAWS rescues lions from Gaza zoo 

 

The FOUR PAWS team has finally managed to reach the heavily damaged Al-Bisan zoo in Beit Lahiya in the north of the Gaza strip. In the next few hours the transport of the three lions will be arranged. If everything goes ahead according to plan, we will be able to transfer the traumatized lions to their new species-appropriate home in Jordan tomorrow morning! There, the lions can finally start to recover from the experiences they have had in the last couple of months and the pregnant lioness will hopefully give life to healthy lion cubs soon. Donate now!

 


Die Löwen, ganz besonders die trächtige Löwin, benötigen dringende Hilfe.
© VIER PFOTEN | Mihai Vasile

Help us save the lions!

Help us complete this difficult rescue mission! Your donation will not only help to save the severely traumatized lions from the Gaza Strip, but will also help secure the long-term survival of all the animals from Bisan Al-zoo!

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Update, 2014-09-17 - Emergency operations, medical supplies, food and water for animals in a zoo in Gaza

 

FOUR PAWS has supplied food, water and urgent medicines for the few surviving animals in severely damaged Al-Bisan Zoo in northern Gaza. Some animals underwent operations on the spot. Please support our mission and help us now to save the animals form the zoo in Gaza! Donate now!


More than 80 animals died when a zoo in northern Gaza was severely damaged by air strikes.
© VIER PFOTEN | Mihai Vasile

A FOUR PAWS emergency team is helping the surviving animals of Al-Bisan Zoo in the North of the Gaza Strip, among them three lions, by providing urgently needed medical treatment and food.

 

The on-going conflict in the Gaza Strip has resulted in thousands dead and injured. Since the most recent outbreak in early July, countless buildings and facilities have been bombarded, affecting not only people, but also animals. More than 80 animals died when a zoo in northern Gaza was severely damaged by air strikes. The twenty surviving animals are finally receiving help: A FOUR PAWS emergency team, headed by Dr. Amir Khalil and local supporters, has managed to deliver urgently needed medicine and food to the zoo.


The Lions are hungry, ill and very weak.
© VIER PFOTEN | Mihai Vasile

As FOUR PAWS is well connected in the region, zoo manager Shady Hamad had officially asked the international animal welfare organisation for help, because the remaining zoo animals had been left without food or water.

 

Most of the enclosures have been severely damaged. There are several dead animals lying around the enclosures. The few surviving animals, among them three lions, are traumatised, ill and very weak.

 

The emergency team, equipped with antibiotics, disinfectants and de-worming medication, is now carrying out medical treatment on-site. Food deliveries from Gaza have also been organised as well as fridges, which arrived yesterday. The team is also restoring the water supply by repairing the pipes. As a next step, FOUR PAWS will attempt to find a solution for the remaining surviving animals. As the lions enclosure was also damaged, we will focus on making the enclosure secure and undertake security measures.


The emergency team, equipped with antibiotics, disinfectants and de-worming medication, is now carrying out medical treatment on-site.
© VIER PFOTEN | Mihai Vasile

The Sinai Peninsula as well as the border area between Egypt and Israel are frequently subject to terrorist attacks. The FOUR PAWS Team planned the operation from Cairo, working with the Egyptian authorities and local NGOs. The team’s safety was our top priority. We were finally able to reach the Gaza strip accompanied by a military convoy.

 

It is still unclear if the zoo will be able to carry on. We will now assess, whether the lions can be transferred to a safe place outside Gaza as well as finding a solution for the remaining animals. This is likely to be decided in the next few days.

 

Donate now to support FOUR PAWS work in Gaza



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