A lion suffering from malnutrition at the Zoo in Khartoum (AFP)
An electronic campaign has launched a hashtag “#Sudananimalrescue” to save 5 lions in the zoo in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, from malnutrition, after circulating shocking pictures of the lions showing the poor health condition they are suffering from.”I was shocked when I saw lions in the park,” said one of the campaign participants on Twitter. “Her bones protrude from the skin.”
According to the French Press Agency, yesterday (Sunday), the zoo, which is located in an upscale area in Khartoum, visited citizens, volunteers and journalists to see the lions after circulating their photos.
One of the lions was being fed with liquids after recovering from drought, the agency said. “Black food is not always available, and we often buy it from our money to feed it,” said Essam El-Din Hajjar, director of the park.
“Lions are suffering from severe illnesses and malnutrition,” said Moataz Mahmoud, one of the gardeners. Medics said the lions’ conditions had deteriorated over the past weeks, with some losing about a third of their weight. A zoo official explained that the zoo itself affects the animal’s health.
The agency clarified that the number of lions in Sudan is unknown, and that some of them are found in Dinder Park, on the Ethiopian border. She added that the “International Union for Conservation of Nature” classified the African lions as vulnerable, as their number decreased by 43 percent between 1993 and 2014, and there are currently 20,000 lions.