Rescued from starvation: FOUR PAWS helps again in Gaza
Thanks to your support and the awareness raised by our latest mission in Gaza, the local authorities have officially invited FOUR PAWS to evaluate the situation of all zoos on site.
Given our previous experience in the region, and our relationships with relevant authorities and the zoo owners, FOUR PAWS is confident that a solution for all wild animal affected can be achieved through a long-term, sustainable solution. This would include the necessary changes in legislation and law enforcement surrounding private keeping or the illegal trade of wild animals.
FOUR PAWS cannot do this on their own. All the relevant authorities in Gaza as well as the owners of the animals need to combine their efforts and take responsibility for the affected species. FOUR PAWS will continue to offer its support and experience in this matter.
Furthermore, FOUR PAWS has decided to prolong its food distribution until the end of April while we look to establish next steps for a long-term solution.
Keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for further updates.
There are only 21 animals left in Al Bisan Zoo in the northern Gaza Strip. The others have died due to starvation. Over the last couple of days, we've provided animals in Rafah, Khan Younis and now Al Bisan Zoos with urgently needed food and fresh water.
Our team will be in Gaza for the next couple of weeks to help as many animals as possible. Our resources, however, are limited. We need further food supplies. If you want to help us save the animals in Gaza, please donate generously: bit.ly/1UGH97V
After providing food and veterinary care for 40 animals at Khan Younis Zoo in South Gaza, FOUR PAWS has 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 have sadly already died from starvation in recent months.
Animal welfare organisation steps in to help 40 animals in need at zoo in Gaza
For weeks, this emaciated tiger has only been fed on frozen chicken – if at all. He is the only surviving tiger at Khan Younis Zoo in South Gaza. Many animals, including Laziz’s partners, have died in recent weeks. There is virtually no food left, no fresh water and no medicine. Moreover, Gaza is experiencing an especially harsh 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 has organised a large supply of animal feed, which will help get the zoo animals through the next weeks. Meat was bought for the big cats, but also corn. Last Sunday, the feed could be distributed to the approximately 40 surviving animals that inhabit the zoo. Besides the tiger, there are also leopards, foxes, porcupines, apes, eagles and other birds. The feeding will be repeated weekly for the next four weeks. Moreover, the FOUR PAWS team were able to 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.