Thanks to Four Paws Rescue, the last 15 animals awaiting rescue in the worlds worst zoo left a little after 11pm yesterday. Khan Younis Zoo became controversial last year when it became public that the zoo was mummifying the animals that died in their care and displaying them next to the living animals.
Left: The last animals left Khan Younis Zoo yesterday night. Here two monkeys are carried to their transport boxes. © FOUR PAWS | 2016
Included in the 15 surviving animals were two tortoises, a deer, five monkeys, two birds, two porcupines, an emu, a pelican and a tiger named Laziz, who is believed to be the last tiger in Gaza. The animals at the zoo endured horrible conditions that the owner, Ziad Aweda, contributes the animal cruelty to "the harsh conditions of life, the weak economy and the severe blockade." The cages were tiny, there was very little food, and constant fall out from the airstrikes between Isreal and Hamas. The animals, thanks to the long, hard and dedicated work of Four Paws International, will be starting a new life and the "worst zoo in the world" is officially closed.