Target: Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed, Regional Director of Middle East
Goal: Provide donations to crash strapped Nikolaev Zoo
The economic and political turmoil in Ukraine has not only affected the people, but it has also impacted zoos. The Nikolaev Zoo in particular is strapped for cash and barely has enough food for their animals to consume. The zoo has already contacted help and are receiving donations, but until the conflict in Ukraine is resolved, these animals are still in danger of starving or worse, being looted. You can aid their plight by asking the International Fund for Animal Welfare to donate food and medical supplies for these animals.
The Nikolaev Zoo is 114-years-old and government funding has dried up thanks to the recent conflict. The zoo houses 5,75 animal, including big cats, bison, bears, foxes, crocodiles, monkeys, deer, and a variety of birds and fish. Unfortunately because funding has disappeared, some of these animals are at risk of starving.
Animal enthusiast Lionel de Lange contacted the Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization for help, and the organization responded immediately. After raising a fundraiser, LAEO was able to supply enough food to the zoo for two weeks. Of course this food will not last forever, the zoo will need immediate aid afterwards. The zoo is hoping that the warmer weather will bring enough revenue into the zoo so they will be self sufficient again.
Sadly, the Nikolaev Zoo is not the only zoo in Ukraine that is suffering. Ex president Viktor Yanukovych had a private zoo filled with over 2,000 animals. Despite being a modern and beautiful looking zoo, the facilities have completely run out of food. Since Yanukovych fled the country, volunteers are trying desperately to feed the animals by going door to door and asking residents if they have food to spare.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare “saves individual animals, animal populations, and habitats all over the world.” Urge them to provide food and medical supplies for these animals who are suffering because of a human conflict. Unfortunately being held in captivity makes these animals dependant on humans, and we have to ensure they are taken care of.
Dear Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed,
As the regional director of the Middle East, I humbly request that the International Fund for Animal Welfare donate food and medical supplies to the Nikolaev Zoo in Ukraine. This zoo is suffering due to the conflict taking place in the nation, and these animals have barely enough food to survive for two weeks. Will you please consider their plight and provide them aid?
Animals that are placed in captivity are forced to depend on humans. Many no longer know how to survive in the wild and when a conflict or natural disaster happens near a zoo, reserve, or sanctuary, these animals are left to fend for themselves. Please give whatever aid you can to these animals, as they desperately need it.
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Photo credit: Kevin Law via Wikimedia