"This was about more than species-appropriate shelter, sufficient food and medical treatment," said veterinary surgeon Dr. Amir Khalil from FOUR PAWS, who coordinated the operation. "After all, lions are dangerous wild animals. After the air strikes, the enclosures were far from safe for the keepers and for anyone visiting the zoo. That's why we looked for a solution away from Gaza."
The lions are now being held in temporary enclosures in Jordan, awaiting permanent homes which are still being built.
Back at the zoo in Gaza, the destroyed cages are being removed, and Four Paws is looking into fixing them to help accommodate the zoo's 30 remaining animals, among whom are vervet monkeys, wild cats, wolves, ostriches, pelicans, birds of prey, porcupines and a crocodile. Donate to support their efforts here.