(ZOO ANIMAL NEWS) LIBYA — Today the Tripoli Zoo received much needed funds from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to provide food and water to the animals. Reports from the zoo assure us that they do have electricity now, and there is some fresh water for the animals to drink but not enough to clean, leaving the enclosures filthy.
The biggest concern now is food — the cost to feed the animals is nearly $2,000 a day. According to Charlotte Calvin of The Brook Animal Hospital, approximately $100,000 will be needed to supply the zoo with food and water for the next six weeks. She expects the new government to be able to start funding the zoo again at that time. In order to continue getting aid to these animals, IFAW is asking for donations so they can continue sending funds to the Tripoli Zoo.
None of this would have been possible without you, our concerned readers who spread the news, contacted organizations, and rallied behind these animals. When we join together, anything is possible.
Read the press release below from IFAW about the current state of the zoo and the needs of the animals, and consider donating to the cause. Global Animal Foundation – the nonprofit charity arm of Global Animal – is pledging funds to support IFAW at the Tripoli zoo. Your tax deductible donation to the Global Animal Foundation will be designated to go directly to helping the animals at the Tripoli Zoo, providing the food, water, and medical supplies they desperately need. — Global Animal
IFAW Press Release
(Yarmouth Port, MA. –7 September 2011) – The Tripoli Zoo received critical funds today from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW- www.ifaw.org) that extend a life line to animals caught in the middle of the ongoing armed conflict in Libya.
Moments after the National Transitional Council (NTC) took control of the Libyan capital, IFAW’s focus turned to the animals living at the Tripoli Zoo. The zoo is located in very close proximity to Gadhafi’s former compound at Bab al-Aziziya which was the center of intense fighting. More than a thousand animals live in the zoo including a tiger, lions, hyenas, hippos, deer and monkeys to name a few.
“The situation in Libya is still very unstable but we’re doing everything in our power to help the animals caught in the middle of this crisis,” said Dr. Ian Robinson, IFAW’s Emergency Relief Director. “The arrival of this initial aid into Tripoli gives us hope and we continue working hard to establish long-term support for the animals.”
The cost to feed the animals at the Tripoli Zoo is close to $2,000 a day. Large carnivores like the tiger and lions can eat 20-30 pounds of meat a day. IFAW’s support will help ensure that animals have sufficient food and water.
Extended power outages in the capital city have also disabled the zoo’s refrigerators. Under scorching temperatures the existing veterinary medicine has been rendered useless. Not currently available in-country, these medicines are also desperately needed and IFAW is working on ways to get these and other supplies into Tripoli.
“We thank IFAW so much for their interest and support of the Tripoli Zoo in this time of great need,” said Dr. Abdel Fattah Husin, Director of the Tripoli Zoo.
From the onset of social and political unrest in the Middle East last spring, IFAW stepped in to help the Tunis Zoo in Tunisia and two animal welfare groups in Egypt.
In 2003, IFAW rushed a team of experts and supplies to the Baghdad Zoo and worked there for weeks to ensure the well-being and survival of over 400 animals including lions, tigers, brown bears, wolves and primates.
For more information on the plight of the Tripoli zoo animals, read: Tripoli’s Zoo Animals Abandoned During Libya’s Conflict