Animals in zoos, aquaria, and marine parks are completely dependent on their human captors. They suffer the consequences not only of human malice and apathy, but also of human tragedy. As civil conflicts rage in Iraq and Syria, stories are emerging of the animals trapped in zoos after their carers have fled or been killed. Dozens of animals have starved to death.
The two surviving animals at the Montazah al-Morour Zoo in Mosul, Iraq, were recently rescued in a risky operation and taken to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan. Simba, a lion, and Lula, a bear, will now have a chance to recover in safety.
Lions. France, 2016.
Jo-Anne McArthur/Born Free Foundation
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