The Al-Qureshi Park in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan, is home to 5 lions who are kept in cages. Unfortunately, they have been suffering from a shortage food and medicine for several weeks now, and they have become highly malnourished.
According to NDTV, there is now a growing online campaign to save these animals, and many people also advocate shifting them to a better habitat.
Sudan is going through a massive economic crisis, characterised by skyrocketing food prices and a foreign currency shortage.
From a Facebook called Humanphobia, translation: “Al Qurashi Park In Khartoum (Sudan)— Xpose Trophy Hunting (@XposeTrophyHunt) January 19, 2020
Five Lions are skin and bone and someone died of hunger and neglect.
The remaining lions need care, enough food and treatment, otherwise they will die too
Please help asap” @BornFreeFDN pic.twitter.com/zSyq7qfnBF
According to Park officials and medics, the lions’ conditions deteriorated further over the past weeks. Some have lost up to two-thirds of their body weight.
Essamelddine Hajjar, a manager at Al-Qureshi park, said,
Food is not always available, so often we buy it from our own money to feed them. They are suffering from severe illnesses, and the overall condition of the park itself is also affecting the animals’ health.
OMG!!! Those animals are near death. They need to be fed IMMEDIATELY and sent away to another zoo for safety reasons. This is awful! https://t.co/DScluolOL3— Big Mouth (@BigMout04289536) January 20, 2020
Forget Lions in Nigeria ,these are Lions held in A Zoo in Sudan .☹️🙁 pic.twitter.com/f99qHqpUsL— auss (@austinekele) January 19, 2020
#AlQurashiPark in #Khartoum #Sudan. Five lions are skin and bone and one died of starvation. The remaining lions need vet treatment and food or they will die too. Please, move these lions feom this hell!!!!! 😡😡😡 pic.twitter.com/kbFqWqdsik— Warriors4Wildlife_SA™🌐Ⓥ🐾 (@AleZ2016) January 19, 2020
It’s clear these poor animals need immediate help. They look close to death, but hopefully this kind of international attention will bring the aid they require.