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Rescued from starvation: FOUR PAWS again helps animals in Gaza


Update: 16 February 2016


There are now 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. Watch our emotional video and understand how important our mission in Gaza is! For these animals this is the very first time they are touching food again in weeks...


Our team will stay 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 starving animals in Gaza:


Moreover, we are working on a long-term solution for the zoo animals in Gaza!

Update 12 February 2016


Now we've been able to provide food and medical care to 40 animals at the Khan Younis Zoo, FOUR PAWS' Emergency Response Team is moving quickly to help animals at other Gaza zoos. The team has now reached Rafah Zoo and is feeding 75 animals at this dilapidated facility.


At Rafah Zoo, lions, hyenas, monkeys, foxes, dogs, parrots and other animals are locked up in terribly unsuitable enclosures. Similar to the situation at Khan Younis, many animals have already died from starvation in the past months.


The images below show some animals having a good meal from the meat, corn, fruit and vegetables that we were able to provide thanks to your support. There are 4 more zoos in Gaza with animals in need of our help. Please support our work and make a donation.

© FOUR PAWS | 2016

© FOUR PAWS | 2016

© FOUR PAWS | 2016

© FOUR PAWS | 2016

9 February 2016

FOUR PAWS steps in to help 40 animals in need at Khan Younis Zoo in Gaza

Laziz is nervously running up and down in his cage. For weeks, the emaciated tiger has only been fed frozen chicken – if he was fed 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 medicines. Gaza is also experiencing an especially harsh winter with heavy rainfalls, which is taking its toll on the already weakened and hungry animals. Due to the bad weather, visitors stayed away from the Khan Younis Zoo, which meant that the privately kept zoo did not have any income.

Laziz in his cage.

Meat was bought for the big cats, but also corn.

Together with local supporters, FOUR PAWS 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 in the zoo. Apart from the tiger, there are leopards, foxes, porcupines, apes, eagles and other birds. Feeding will be repeated weekly for the next four weeks. The FOUR PAWS team was also able to bring urgently needed medicine for the animals from Jordan to Gaza.

Besides the tiger, there are also leopards, foxes, porcupines, apes, eagles and other birds.

Despite Gaza being so small, it has six zoos. Most exotic animals were once smuggled from Egypt to 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 the summer of 2015, but it is said that only 15 are left now!

FOUR PAWS will continue to work on a sustainable solution for all wild animals in Gaza.

Because of the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip, entry to and exit from the area is very strictly regulated. However, in the coming days FOUR PAWS will also supply much needed food and medicine to another Gaza zoo in need, Rafah Zoo. Rafah Zoo has 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.