Our team saw the appalling conditions the 47 animals were held and let to suffer in the zoo. Four west African lionesses, two hippos, two porcupines, dozens of monkeys, a striped hyena, red-necked ostriches, turtles and elks had all been starved for weeks and their health was in a ‘dire’ state.
Wildatlife.e.V and their partner, ‘The Association for the Protection of Fauna and Flora’ investigation on the rescue at Ziniare Zoo, Burkina Faso: On inspection of the 112 hectares Zoo, the team found dozens of endangered species on the verge of death. Hungry, weak and exploited for profit at every stage of their lives. The more was inspected, the greater the horror was witnessed. We have learnt that in last six years, most of the captive animals in the horror zoo had died from lack of care and food. When our team inspected the porcupines cage, we were met with the smell of decay and we were already too late. The animals took their last breath in our presence. They had been locked and left to rot for too long. The situation was devastating.
Inventory of Animals in distress found at the Zoo:
– 4 x Lions: Alma(Blind), Mala, Nala and Dona (Females, West African Species).
– 1 x Hyena named Loca.
– 2 x Hippocampus.
– Family of red necked Ostrich’s(Free roaming).
– Horses(Free roaming).
– Family of Tortoises.
– Family of Monkeys.