Staff members with food delivered to Ukrainian zoos.
- The world animal welfare organization Four Paws has delivered 20 tons of animal food to Ukrainian zoos.
- Kyiv Zoo will take care of distribution to other zoos.
- The delivery, worth around R175,000, contains mainly special pellets for wild animals as well as dry hay and food for dogs and cats.
World animal welfare organization Four Paws delivered 20 tonnes of animal food to Ukraine, where most zoos ran out of food amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Zoo staff and animals across the country are also feeling the effects. The aid was sent last week.
Ukraine’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources asked Four Paws to assist with rescue efforts for wild animals in affected zoos. Kyiv Zoo will take care of food distribution to other zoos.
20 tons of animal food have been donated to Ukrainian zoos by animal welfare organization Four Paws.
Four Paws veterinarian Dr. Amir Khalil and his team coordinated the food supply in a short period of time, ordered special foods from the Netherlands and Hungary, and sent a truck from an external transport company from the Hungarian border to deliver the urgently needed goods to Kyiv.
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“The delivery, worth around R175,000, mainly contains special pelleted feed for wild animals, such as giraffes, elephants, primates and rhinos, and birds, [as well as] dry hay and dog and cat food to distribute to shelters,” Khalil said in a statement.
Haystacks were also delivered to Ukrainian zoos.
“Due to the ongoing attacks, regular food and meat deliveries are no longer possible. Evacuating wild animals when many parts of the country are under attack is too risky a business in the given situation. Therefore, we are doing everything our best to support the zoos with what they need to care for the animals there,” Khalil said.
The organization said the animals were not only stressed by the noise caused by explosions and fighting, but were also at risk of starvation.
The zoo staff, who stay there to look after the animals, fear their safety every day.
“With the food delivery, we want to relieve them of at least one burden by not having to worry about food for the animals on top of everything else. This mission shows solidarity with our colleagues in zoos and the animals as well,” Khalil said.
Khalil said receiving the request from Ukraine’s Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources was a great “honour” for animal welfare organizations.
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