Shocking Images Show Wild Animals Kept In Appalling Conditions In Zoo
Non-government organisation WildatLife.e.V inspected the private zoo, which is in Burkina Faso Ouagadougou, West Africa.
The centre holds 47 wild animals including the lions, hippos, porcupines, monkeys, elks and hyenas.
The team were disgusted to find many endangered species had been starved to death. Many of the living ones were hungry and weak due to malnutrition while the carcasses of others lay around.
It's reported that four lions, two hippos, a striped hyena, red-necked ostriches, turtles and elks had been starved for weeks, with their health said to be in a 'dire' state.
The inspectors entered the porcupines' cage and described the smell as that of 'decay'. Two animals were locked away in there, their bodies left to rot.
It's also been reported that the zoo has seen a shocking 98 percent of its animals die in the last six years.
WildatLife.e.V is an international, independent organisation that works in conservation, protecting wildlife and rescuing animals in danger. It also helps to rehabilitate animals.
A fundraiser has been started in the hope of keeping the animals alive, listing costs of about £500 per week to keep the animals alive. You can donate here.
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This covers their food, care and 'modest salaries' of a team of eight staff who look after the animals.
The team also hope to get The Association of Protection for fauna and Flora in Burkina Faso to implement an emergency takeover and turn the zoo into an ethical wildlife sanctuary.
In a statement WildatLife.e.V said: "The remaining 47 wild animals are now being fed and tended too, and we are working with a small foundation in Burkina Faso to turn the horror of a zoo into an ethical sanctuary."
Burkina Faso has been suffering a humanitarian crisis, with some of the country on the brink of famine.
The UN has announced one billion dollars has been pledge to help people in the area.
Many of the problems in the country are said to stem from warring factions and extremists, as well as a lack of rural productivity and a growing population size.
UN Humanitarian Chief Mark Lowcock said in a press conference: "This represents substantial success.
"Not least given the context we are working in, with so many crises around the world and Covid."
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