Success: Gaza Zoo Selling All Remaining Animals to Save Them

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Target: South Jungle Zoo Owner, Mohammad Oweida

Goal: Thank Gaza zoo owner for selling the remaining animals starving in his care.

The owner of South Jungle Zoo put the last of the animals in his care up for sale. The decision came after outcry from the public and petitions like this, demanding he relinquish the animals to other owners and that the zoo be closed. Oweida, the 24-year-old owner, is saddened by the decision but recognizes that he can no longer care for the animals.

Difficulties began for the zoo after a seven-week long dispute between Palestine and Israel back in 2014. Since then the zoo has had great difficulties sourcing food for the animals. As a result, of the hundreds of animals the zoo once cared for and shared with the public only 15 remain.

In a desperate attempt to keep the zoo running Oweida had even resorted to stuffing animals that had passed away due to starvation. He then put them on display for children to see up close and pet. However, the proceeds were still not enough to provide sufficient food for the remaining animals.

Many people wonder why Osweida had not acted sooner. But rather than place blame and judgment let us show our support for his decision. Sign the petition and spread the word to show your thanks and raise awareness for the remaining animals in need of new owners. Though 200 animals were lost, together we can save these 15.


Dear Mohammad Oweida,

Thank you for making the decision to sell the remaining 15 animals in your care. This must have been a difficult decision to make. I’m glad you realize it is just not possible to care for these animals in war-torn Gaza anymore, in spite of your best efforts.

Many petitions rallied for the better conditions of the animals, as well as the possibility of receiving assistance. I am sorry that this did not happen.

I thank you also for being open and honest about the extent of the animals lost in the zoo and offer our condolences. I regret that you did not act sooner to save the hundreds of lives lost, but I hope that these 15 remaining animals at least may reach new homes and owners soon that are able to care for them.

If you are unable to find new buyers in time, then please consider giving them over to sanctuaries or other owners who may provide the care they need. The deaths of these beautiful animals would represent a much greater loss than that of money. Please keep this in mind.


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  1. Margrit Simons says:

    Thank you!

  2. Anita culling says:

    Thank you. I hope they can go to a good sanctuary for the rest of their lives.

  3. Nena Miller says:

    Selling them to who? For what purpose? Still needing to profit off of tragedy j guess. I hope for their best but I am doubtful.

    • Marie Louise says:

      I was wondering the same thing. To whom were they sold???? To the same type of business?????? I hope they will go to a good sanctuary.

    • I utterly agree! I think I would have given them away to very good and vetted zoos….I just hope the animals don’t go to ‘canned’ farms.

  4. Sophie Debbane says:

    Until the remaining animals have been dealt with and we know their fate, the petition of gratitude is premature in my opinion.

  5. I am not signing anything. (I totally agree with Nena Miller’s comments.) As well, this person should not be thanked for anything considering his/her past behavior in letting at least 200 animals perish and many more suffer.

  6. Why are we constantly asked to sign outrageous petitions to thank people who are doing so much wrong in this world? This happens repeatedly. I find this outlandish, truly.

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