Khartoum, Sudan – (African Boulevard News) – The Khartoum zoo, which was once a place of refuge and relaxation for both locals and tourists, has fallen victim to the ongoing violence in Sudan’s capital city. The zoo has been caught in the crossfire of street fighting between rival forces, leading to the death of dozens of animals, including an elderly crocodile, parrots, and giant lizards.
The Khartoum zoo, which opened in the 1900s, has been a popular destination for animal lovers and children for generations. However, the zoo has been struggling to provide basic care for its animals since the country’s political instability began, leaving the animals exposed and vulnerable.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing the aftermath of the fighting, and the death and destruction it brought to the zoo. Animal carcasses were scattered around the devastated area, including the body of a large crocodile that was believed to have been killed in the crossfire. The fight reportedly continued for hours, with no rescue team or security personnel in sight to save the trapped animals.
“This is a clear example of how the conflict in Sudan is destroying everything, including the animals in the zoo,” said Khalid Eltigani, a local animal welfare expert. “The animals were left to die in the middle of warfare, with no one to protect them or feed them.”
The zoo’s situation highlights the need for increased animal protection in the country in times of conflict. Animal rights activists have called on the government to take urgent action to save the remaining animals in the zoo. However, the government’s focus is currently on the ongoing political crisis, making it difficult for animal welfare groups to address the zoo’s issues.
“The Khartoum zoo is just one of the many victims of the ongoing conflict in Sudan. It’s heartbreaking to see the animals suffer because of this,” said Samira Ali, a local animal rights advocate. “We need the government to take action and protect the remaining animals in the zoo, and ensure their safety and well-being in times of turmoil.”
The Khartoum zoo’s fate remains uncertain, with animal welfare experts warning that more animals may die if the fighting continues. The situation calls for the immediate attention and intervention of animal welfare groups and the Sudanese government to ensure the safety and well-being of the remaining animals. The Khartoum zoo tragedy is a stark reminder of how conflict not only affects human lives but also innocent animals that are caught in the crossfire.