Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Wildlife Charity Rescues Starving And Malnourished Animals In Nigerian Zoo (Photos/Videos)

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A wildlife charity has commenced a project to rescue starving animals in a Nigerian zoo after dozens of malnourished animals were discovered.

A tourist who visited the Gamji Gate zoo located in Kaduna made the shocking discovery. He surreptitiously took the photos during his visit.

KOKO TV gathered that the man, who wished to remain unnamed; paid a one-dollar entrance fee to the state-owned zoo where he said he found a starving lion and dozens of neglected animals.

Speaking with Jam Press, the man said:

‘The first moment I saw the animal I felt shocked. I was so surprised. I felt so nervous and uneasy because it was my first time seeing a lion live. Like this is my first time in a zoo. I virtually saw them in movies, news and magazines. Actually, most of the animals in the zoo are not well-fed.  They lack proper treatment or let me say malnutrition.’

Consequently, the man who recorded his findings said he immediately contacted the animal welfare charity WildatLife.e.V’ a Wildlife Charity to assist in the rescue of the lion, named Zaki.

His footage and photos show the lion looking incredibly thin, with its ribs visibly protruding from its stomach.

A number of other animals in the zoo including monkeys also looked to be in poor health and malnourished too. Also, the NGO said the conditions and enclosures were completely unsuitable.

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WildatLife.e.V is said to be working alongside the Nigerian Association of Zoological parks; which has assisted them in finding a wildlife vet and informing the authorities.

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Equally important, KOKO TV has confirmed that they are investigating the matter urgently. A spokesperson said:

‘The vet was sent, and gave medical assistance to the lion. But he will require further treatment which NGO WildatLife will pay for. But in his now critical condition; it is not viable to relocate him.

”As a matter of fact, we must work closely with the Nigerian officials to have this matter dealt with internally. We must prevent suffering in zoos around the wild that holds wildlife, captive for profit.’
Photo Credit: Getty

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