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."

ORIGINAL POST:

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.

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