Park officials and veterinarians state that the lions’ conditions had gotten worse over the past few weeks because, in the midst of Sudan's economic crisis, food wasn't that easily available.
Animal cruelty is still rampant in several parts of the world and Sudan is now under scrutiny for pictures of emaciated lions that have come up. The lions are held in cages at the Khartoum’s Al-Qureshi Park. The animals allegedly have not had adequate food or medicine for weeks, according to People. An online campaign to rescue these lions now continues to grow as one out of the five lions is said to have died on Monday. A man named Osman Salih brought this to public attention and he took to Facebook posting about it, along with pictures. He wrote: "After seeing the fires in Australia kill soo many precious creatures recently seeing these animals caged and be treated this way made my blood boil."
"I would like to inform you that we have contacted the park administration and they indicated to us that the wildlife police are responsible for these animals and their care and cleanliness and that they were constantly preparing their food but stopped for a while. The park claims the wildlife police is directly responsible for the deteriorating condition of the lions and stated that the income of the park for a month is not enough to feed one lion for a week."
"We have consulted a number of veterinarians and wildlife specialists on the topic of treatment, which requires effort and follow-up to the health conditions of the lions, and there is a group of young people inside and outside the country who have the desire to provide assistance. The invitation is open to all who are interested in wildlife and all who believe in animal rights. They can provide us with the necessary assistance."
Sadly, he mentions that this is not just the condition of this particular zoo, it is how several of them are. "It is extremely important to note that after this post it has come to our attention that many other parks are in the same poor state. So we hope this initiative can reach out to all wildlife parks and sanctuaries." Park officials and veterinarians told AFP that the lions’ conditions had gotten worse over the past few weeks because, in the midst of Sudan's economic crisis, food wasn't that easily available.
“Food is not always available so often we buy it from our own money to feed them,” Essamelddine Hajjar, a manager at the park, told the outlet. While the park is managed by the Khartoum local government, it is also partly funded by private donors. On Monday, Salih announced that one of the lions, a female, died from her illness, while another was transported to a clinic to receive better care.
He then posted an update, saying: “Today was a positive day at Qurashi Park. We had good meetings with the park administration and the wildlife police. It is important to note that it was at least very good seeing all the high-level people concerned meet at such short notice. Even though the responsibility for the care and food of the animals was not agreed upon by the authorities,” he wrote. “Lots of fresh meat was brought by several donors as well as two sheep."
He then addressed the people who wanted to help, and said that they should sit tight as he is “not accepting donations and I am discouraging any groups from collecting money for this cause until there is an organized body and set plan.” If anyone does want to help, they are urged to go there directly to donate because there are a lot of online scams. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List, the African lion is currently listed as a “vulnerable” species, and its population is continually decreasing.