09 September 2011

IFAW sends aid to animals housed at struggling Tripoli Zoo

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) came to the rescue once again. Libya's Tripoli Zoo was in serious need of some help during the ongoing conflict with the National Transitional Council (NTC), and once again, IFAW stepped in to protect animals in need.

Since the zoo is located near the core of the crisis, by Gadhafi's former compound at Bab al-Aziziya, the animals remain at risk. However, IFAW is doing all it possibly can to keep the animals safe.

On September 6, IFAW stepped in to provide critical funds to the zoo, making sure the animals have the food and water they need on a daily basis.

The Tripoli zoo holds more than 1,000 animals, and the cost to feed the animals each day is nearly $2,000. Sadly, power outages have caused the previously existing medicines and supplies to become completely useless. With no refrigerators and the blazing Tripoli heat, new supplies are needed tremendously.

Dr. Ian Robinson, IFAW's Emergency Relief Director, expressed his sincere hope to provide for the zoo's animals. "The situation in Libya is still very unstable but we're doing everything in our power to help the animals caught in the middle of this crisis," he said. "The arrival of this initial aid into Tripoli gives us hope and we continue working hard to establish long-term support for the animals."

Since 1969, the IFAW has been doing their best to provide for animals in crisis all around the world, in more than forty countries.

Be sure to follow the IFAW on Facebook and Twitter, to see what projects they are taking on next, and whose lives they are saving.

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Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. She is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

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