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Gaza Zoo Animals Get New Life in Jordan Reserve

Published April 8th, 2019 - 07:00 GMT

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Over 40 animals have been taken from the devastating conditions in a Gaza Strip zoo and moved to a reserve in Jordan using the help of Four Paws group.

The group revealed that they have received the animals from the Rafah Zoo near the border with Egypt. Among the animals there were Lions, monkeys, peacocks and porcupines.

Fathy Jomaa, owner of the zoo in Rafah, southern Gaza, blamed bad economic conditions and a decade of Israeli-led blockade on the narrow coastal enclave for leaving him unable to properly feed and care for his animals. Continue reading below »

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Members of the international animal welfare charity 'Four Paws' check on a sedated lion at a zoo in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2019, as they prepare to evacuate the animal out of a zoo in the Palestinian enclave and relocate it to sanctuaries in Jordan.
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Image 1 of 9:  1 / 9Members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" check on a sedated lion at a zoo in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2019, as they prepare to evacuate the animal out of a zoo in the Palestinian enclave and relocate it to sanctuaries in Jordan. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said.
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Image 2 of 9:  2 / 9Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Palestinian zoo workers and members of the international animal welfare charity 'Four Paws' push an Emu into a cage at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by the organisation of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019. 
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Image 3 of 9:  3 / 9Palestinian zoo workers and members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" push an Emu into a cage at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by the organisation of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her.
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Image 4 of 9:  4 / 9The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Palestinian zoo workers and members of the international animal welfare charity 'Four Paws' transport cages containing animals at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by the organisation of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019. 
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Image 5 of 9:  5 / 9Palestinian zoo workers and members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" transport cages containing animals at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by the organisation of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her.
SAID KHATIB / AFP
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Image 6 of 9:  6 / 9The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said.
SAID KHATIB / AFP
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Image 7 of 9:  7 / 9Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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A sedated lioness is pictured in a cage at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by members of the international animal welfare charity 'Four Paws' of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019.
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Image 8 of 9:  8 / 9A sedated lioness is pictured in a cage at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her.
SAID KHATIB / AFP
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Image 9 of 9:  9 / 9The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Members of the international animal welfare charity 'Four Paws' check on a sedated lion at a zoo in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2019, as they prepare to evacuate the animal out of a zoo in the Palestinian enclave and relocate it to sanctuaries in Jordan.
SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 1 of 9Members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" check on a sedated lion at a zoo in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, on April 6, 2019, as they prepare to evacuate the animal out of a zoo in the Palestinian enclave and relocate it to sanctuaries in Jordan. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said.
SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 2 of 9Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Palestinian zoo workers and members of the international animal welfare charity 'Four Paws' push an Emu into a cage at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by the organisation of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019. 
SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 3 of 9Palestinian zoo workers and members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" push an Emu into a cage at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by the organisation of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her.
SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 4 of 9The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Palestinian zoo workers and members of the international animal welfare charity 'Four Paws' transport cages containing animals at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by the organisation of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019. 
SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 5 of 9Palestinian zoo workers and members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" transport cages containing animals at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by the organisation of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her.
SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 6 of 9The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said.
SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 7 of 9Forty animals including five lions are to be rescued from squalid conditions in the Gaza Strip, an animal welfare group said. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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A sedated lioness is pictured in a cage at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by members of the international animal welfare charity 'Four Paws' of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019.
SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 8 of 9A sedated lioness is pictured in a cage at a zoo in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, during the evacuation by members of the international animal welfare charity "Four Paws" of animals from the Palestinian enclave to relocate to sanctuaries in Jordan, on April 7, 2019. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her.
SAID KHATIB / AFP

Image 9 of 9The zoo hit the headlines in February this year when the cash-strapped owner revealed he had declawed one of the lions there, so that customers could pay to play with her. SAID KHATIB / AFP

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