March 1, 2016 – An ongoing civil war in the city of Taiz in southern Yemen has left zoo animals to fend for themselves in hellish conditions.
According to Reuters, local zoo animals are dying from starvation and untreated wounds as the year-long civil war has blocked access to food and water.
The Dodo reports that of the 280 animals living in the zoo, eleven lions and six leopards have already died.
“When I first arrived, the scene was terrifying. Animals would be fed one day and not eat again for another five. They were bleeding, angry and would fight each other over any scraps to eat,” one volunteer working at the zoo told Reuters.
The situation has become so dire that some animals have been driven to turn to cannibalism.
The only that is keeping these animals alive are a staff of 17 unpaid zookeepers, who have stayed to take care of the forgotten animals.
Organizations have created pages where people can donate to help these animals survive.
The least we can all do is to keep them alive. After all, if it weren’t for our entertainment these animals would still be living in the wild where they truly belong.