The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW- rushed emergency funds to ensure the animals received sufficient food and medicine and continues to work with the Tripoli Zoo. Photo Credit: Abdemoula Bashyeh

Alisa Manzelli, Global Animal

(ZOO ANIMAL NEWS) LIBYA — Soon after the Tripoli zoo was abandoned in late August, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) went to Libya to begin relief efforts. Their efforts were aided by the $6,000 donation from Global Animal Foundation. According to IFAW Communications Officer Mike Booth, “Since IFAW and other groups intervened, the relief efforts have guaranteed that the animals received the care, food, and water they needed for the past two months.”

Donations also covered the cost of shipping medical supplies not presently available in Libya, providing the zoo with medicine, including antibiotics, senti-inflammatories, steroids, anti-parasitics, and vitamins, to treat animals requiring care.

Zoo Director Dr. Abdel Fattah Husni expressed sincere appreciation for the help provided, “We would like to thank IFAW and other supporting organizations for their help in recent weeks and for the immense efforts shown by you to help us get over this critical situation.  The animals are okay and things are going back to normal. Our workers have gradually started to come back as security improves.  Please express my deepest gratitude to everyone involved in this generous and excellent effort.”

IFAW is currently in contact with a representative in Tripoli as well as staff in Tunisia to assess the current animals’ needs. According to media, Tripoli’s water supply has become an issue once again, so IFAW is keeping a close eye on developments. For now, Global Animal is waiting on updates regarding the next steps in helping the Tripoli Zoo.

Even though Global Animal Foundation has given $6,000 to the cause in addition to donations from other organizations and individuals, it is important to keep in mind that funding to help care for the animals at the Tripoli Zoo costs approximately $2,000 a day. If you would like to help these much needed animals, see how you can take action.

Practically neighboring the Tripoli Zoo, Muammar Gaddafi’s animal farm was recently abandoned in a similar manner.  Fortunately, the majority of Gaddafi’s captive animals are currently being cared for.