VICTORY ! Petition, social media blitz and outcry aid in Gaza Lions being transferred to sanctuary in Jordan. Remaining 30 animals will receive medical attention and feed, while relocation sites are procured.

Four Paws Rescue have stepped up and relocated the 3 surviving lions, 2 males and one pregnant female to sanctuary in Jordan. The other 30 or so animals are to follow.

see 2 articles below

The Independant (article and link):

Three lions have been relocated from Gaza to a new home in Jordan after their zoo was heavily damaged during the conflict with Israel earlier this year.
The three big cats - two males and a pregnant female - were sedated at the Al-Bisan zoo, in Beit Lahiya, before they were loaded onto crates and transported into Jordan. More than 80 animals at the zoo died as a result of air strikes in early July, the Four Paws international welfare group has said. The group said it worked with officials and representatives from Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Palestine in order to secure the removal of the lions on Tuesday. Veterinary surgeon Dr Amil Khalil, of Four Paws, said: "This was about more than species-appropriate shelter, sufficient food and medical treatment. After all, lions are dangerous wild animals.

"After the air strikes, the enclosures were far from safe for the keepers and for anyone visiting the zoo. That’s why we looked for a solution away from Gaza."

Once in Jordan, the lions were released into their temporary compound where they will wait for their new permanent enclosure to be built. The group is also working to help roughly 30 animals that remain in the zoo, including wolves, vervet monkeys, pelicans and a crocodile. Last week it provided food, water and medical treatment for the surviving animals. It is working to set up an animal shelter - the Al Ma'wa for Nature and Wildlife - roughly 45km from Amman in Jordan.


Daily Mail (article link):



Robin Crowder

Animal Activist


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