Laziz: Gaza’s last tiger finds new home in South Africa
Published on 25/08/2016
Three days after leaving behind a cramped and dingy cage at the Khan Yunis zoo in Gaza, Laziz the tiger arrived in South African.
The Gaza zoo’s last tiger was one of 15 animals rescued this week from what has been dubbed the “worst zoo in the world”.
“When we decided to step in, it was a critical situation not only for Laziz but also for the other 14 animals,” said Ioana Dungler, wild animals director from non-profit Four Paws.
The animals faced death from starvation or could have been traded or transferred somewhere else.
When Khan Yunis zoo opened in 2007, it housed more than 100 animals.
But with repeated wars and few visitors, the owners struggled to afford food and many of the animals starved to death.