Conflict Poses Obstacles in Helping Animals at the Tripoli Zoo

UPDATE: 9.6.11

Hi all - There is an update on the situation by way of press release here.

From the release:

"The Tripoli Zoo received critical funds today from the International Fund for Animal Welfare that extend a life line to animals caught in the middle of the ongoing armed conflict in Libya."


First off, let me say like all of the world's citizens, we have been following the situation in Libya very closely...With a keen eye towards the animals that may be abandoned.

CNN has just filed a story on the animals in the Tripoli Zoo in Libya.

Some keepers have returned to the zoo and the animals are getting some food but it appears that water is desperately needed.

Looking at this video, which is the first we've seen from inside the zoo and listening to the commentary, it is clear that water is the major issue.

Animals can survive if necessary on little or no food for a period of time but water is critical to survival.

We have been in touch with our colleagues throughout the Middle East and they are reaching out to their contacts in Tripoli with an offer from the International Fund for Animal Welfare for immediate assistance.

The situation in Triploi is very unstable but we are ready and willing to deploy aid.

-- IR

Stay tuned for updates on this situation...

We have heard from many supporters who want to help, for now the only course of action is to donate to our animal rescue efforts around the world.

Comments: 11

6 years ago

I hope that a team can get out there very quickly as time is very short. Also, there needs to be some kind of plan in place for when this kind of awful situation occurs. I do not understand why the global animal welfare groups did not have some kind of plan in place ahead of the rebel invasion of Tripoli. The war has been going on since February this year so it was known a long time back that in the near future Tripoli would be a war zone-with all that meant for the animals in the zoo. I also do not understand why there is such a delay in anybody from any animal welfare groups getting out there. There are scores of journalists wandering about, they are on our TV screens every night from Tripoli and the sitaution there is very quiet now-so much so that the presenters are wearing shirt sleeves. If you can have whole TV crews wandering about there is no reason why a team of animal rescue people can't be doing the same surely? Prompt action is needed now. Thanks

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