Inside the ‘horror zoo with neglected animals and lion starving to death’

A man was left stunned after discovering a “horror zoo” with a malnourished lion and dozens of neglected animals.

Rescue workers intervened and saved the life of the lion who was starving to death.

The devastating situation was discovered after a man visited Gamji Gate zoo in Kaduna, Nigeria.

He paid a $1 entry fee to the state-owned zoo and this is when he came across the extremely thin lion, who had been locked up in a cement cage and looked like it was “on the verge of death.”

Speaking to Jam Press, he said: “The first moment I saw the animal I felt shock,” the man, who wishes to remain unnamed.



The lion was seen extremely thin and on the verge of death, said a visitor
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“I was so surprised. I felt so nervous and uneasy because it was my first time seeing a lion live.

“Like this is my first time in a zoo. I virtually saw them in movies, news and magazines.

“Actually, most of the animals in the zoo are not well-fed. They lack proper treatment or let me say malnutrition.”

Disturbed by the scene, the man recorded his findings and quickly contacted the WildatLife.e.V to assist in the rescue of the lion.

His footage and photos show the lion looking incredibly thin with its ribs visibly protruding from its stomach.

This is in stark contrast to a typical full-grown male lion, which weighs in at around 420 pounds, while female lions generally weigh about 280 pounds.

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The lion, named Zaki by the charity, is in critical condition and has been left to suffer beyond comprehension.

However, WildatLife.e.V is working alongside the Nigerian Association of Zoological parks which has assisted them in finding a wildlife vet and informing the authorities, who are investigating the matter urgently.

A spokesperson said: “The vet was sent and gave medical assistance to the lion but he will require further treatment which NGO WildatLife will pay for.



The animals were neglected and “not well-fed”
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“We are awaiting the full vet diagnosis and report into how and why this has been allowed to happen.

“Zaki is now receiving medical care and it will be an ongoing case.

“If Zaki survives this ordeal, our NGO has offered to relocate him to a sanctuary that will see him thrive.

“But in his now critical condition, it is not viable to relocate him, we must work closely with the Nigerian officials to have this matter dealt with internally.

“We must prevent suffering in zoos around the wild that holds wildlife captive for profit.”

Sadly, a number of other animals in the zoo looked to be in poor health and malnourished too. The NGO said conditions and enclosures were completely unsuitable.

However, the lion is the most urgent and shocking case the NGO has ever seen.

The latest rescue mission comes shortly after the organisation rescued 47 animals on the brink of death at Ziniare’s zoo in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.



Conditions were deemed “unsuitable” by an NGO
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The zoo, which held wild animals ranging from lions to hippos, porcupines, monkeys, elks and hyenas was exposed for starving its animals to death and leaving them to suffer in appalling conditions.

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The team was horrified to discover dozens of endangered species had been left hungry and weak due to malnutrition – and some animals died due to lack of food.

Thankfully, the NGO and The Foundation For The Protection of Fauna and Flora in Burkina Faso have now taken over the zoo after gaining Power of Attorney and have closed it to the public.

They also began an urgent feeding and nutrition programme and the condition of the animals is improving greatly.