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NATO War leaves Libyan zoo-animals starving - appeal for help

Three hippos hanging their heads sadly, looking down into a shallow pool of foul brown water, seemingly reluctant to bathe or drink... A lone tiger walking restlessly, desperate for shade ... Two scrawny lions pacing inside their enclosure, suffering from a lack of food. These are just some of the more than 1,000 war-torn animal victims still trying to survive in Libya's Tripoli Zoo after NATO's war against Libyan supporters of Moammar Gadhafi.

You may have seen some of the disturbing media
images already...

Three hippos hanging their heads sadly, looking down into a shallow pool of
foul brown water, seemingly reluctant to bathe or drink...
A lone tiger walking restlessly, desperate for shade ...
Two scrawny lions pacing inside their enclosure, suffering from a lack of
food.

These are just some of the more than 1,000 war-torn animal victims still trying to survive in Libya's Tripoli Zoo after NATO's war against Libyan supporters of Moammar Gadhafi. And without our help, they will continue
to suffer and die in sweltering temperatures greater than 40° C / 100° F.

Zoo animals are often the first to be neglected when cities are hit by human-made or natural disasters. Just ten members of the 200-person zoo staff return periodically...struggling to keep up with so many animals to water and feed: hyenas, bears, monkeys, deer, emus and more. But it's the big cats, the tiger and lion meat-eaters, that are especially difficult to provide for in this heat. 



Will you please help IFAW provide food to save these desperate animals and protect other animals around the world?

The zoo has received an emergency grant from IFAW to buy food to last a few days, but your gift will help us send medicine and more money to provide ongoing support for the animals caught in the middle of the war in Libya.

How can you know that your gift can help rescue animals in the middle of a warzone?

Because with your help, IFAW has done it before.

In 2003, IFAW rushed a team of experts and supplies to the Baghdad Zoo to ensure the well-being and survival of over 400 animals during the Iraq War. And during the political unrest in the Middle East last spring, IFAW stepped in to help feed animal residents of the Tunis Zoo in Tunisia.

You are now being asked to step up once more to help us rescue animals from some of the most disturbing conditions we've seen to date.

The cost to feed the suffering animals at the Tripoli Zoo is around US$2,000 a day. Every dollar you can give today can help save an animal's life.