Help the animals in Taiz Zoo in Yemen
for just $4 or the equivalent currency.
In all the horror of war, there is rarely coverage of how it affects the plight of animals.
In war-torn Yemen, in the city of Taiz, you'll find Taiz Zoo. It has over 280 animals, including lions and very rare Arabian leopards.
None of us want the animals to be in a zoo, but they are there and they are in the middle of a war zone and they need our help.
Today, a small US based non-profit organisation called A Lions's Heart (EIN # 81-2774850) is the only charity raising funds to help the animals at the zoo. These funds help the charity get the water, food and everything the animals need to survive and thrive. It's not an easy task to raise the funds needed to care for the animals.
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The animals need our help
The obvious answer to really help the animals at Taiz Zoo is to get them out of the war zone. There are offers of sanctuary outside of Yemen, but the Yemeni government won't grant export permits for them. The zoo is owned by the goverment; it's not privately owned. If the animals can't go to a sanctuary, the hope is that a sanctuary can come to the animals. Meantime, donations to enable the animals to have water, food, nutritional supplements and veterinary care are crucial.
As well as the lions and leopards, other animals are at the zoo such as birds of prey and horses. Cats and dogs have also made their way to the zoo, displaced by the war. Guinea pigs are also there. The zoo staff are looking after them.
This situation is very complex. The people caring for the animals on a daily basis are in the middle of a war zone, so it's important to take that into account when considering possible solutions to help the animals.
4 Ways to help A Lions Heart help the animals in Yemen in Taiz Zoo
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We need to raise awareness of the situation these animals are in. It is not of their making. They are the forgotten victims of war. Please spread the word.