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Rescue operation lion zoo Sudan: 'I have never seen this before'

2020-01-29T05:07:17.372Z

A team from international animal welfare organization Vier Voeters has been at a zoo in Sudan since Monday to help with the extremely malnourished lions, whose images have been traveling around the world last week. NU.nl speaks with Juno van Zon, the only Dutch person in the team, about the dire situation.



A team from international animal welfare organization Vier Voeters has been at a zoo in Sudan since Monday to help with the extremely malnourished lions, whose images have been traveling around the world last week. NU.nl speaks with Juno van Zon, the only Dutch person in the team, about the dire situation.

Van Zon, who as a feline expert previously rescued lions in zoos in Aleppo and Gaza, is with a team of four other animal care workers at the Al Qurashi Family Park Zoo in the capital, Khartoum. In the coming days, with permission from the Government of Sudan, they will provide food and medical care to four lions and other animals.

"We immediately gave the weakest lioness an infusion on Tuesday and she can finally get up again," says Van Zon on the phone. "I have never seen this." In addition to lions, there are also striped hyenas, gazelles and various species of birds and reptiles in the zoo.

War has been raging in Sudan for several years and there is enormous poverty. The zoo simply has no money to feed the lions and other animals. The rescue team tries to get the lions back on top with infusions and nutritional supplements. "The survival chances of the lions are still very small, the most important thing now is that we do not give up," said Van Zon. One of the five lions previously died of malnutrition.

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emaciated lions in the Sudan zoo

"Everything about the housing of the animals is wrong"

In addition to malnutrition, Van Zon was also startled by the pens in which the animals reside. "Everything about the housing of the animals is really wrong," says Van Zon. The animals are housed in concrete cages, which are small and hardly provide shelter.

"We also work with the National Wildlife Department to better inform them how to deal with these types of animals. For example, you cannot give lions a piece of meat at random, the correct diet of a lion also consists of meat with bones, skin and her ", says Van Zon.

The Vier Voeters Foundation tries, together with the Wildlife Department, to orientate as well as possible on what is needed in the zoo. Van Zon: "The animals are owned by the Sudanese government and we are trying to find a solution together with them. In principle, our rescue will only last until the night of Thursday to Friday, but it depends on the condition of animals how long we have still stay here. "

Slimmed lions zoo Sudan

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Source: nunl

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