Eleven lions rescued from Sudan released in South Africa

Eleven lions rescued from Sudan released in South Africa
One of eleven lions, rescued from war-torn Sudan, South Africa, credit: Reuters/Alet Pretorius

Eleven lions rescued from war-torn Sudan were released at Lionsrock Big Cats Sanctuary in South Africa on Saturday.

Animal welfare organization Four Paws rescued the lions along with 46 other wild animals. The animals were flown out of Khartoum, the capital of Sudan.

“We have a lot of wild animals, big cats, many lions. They were eating each other due to hunger. They were emaciated, had a lot of wounds, scared because when the war started in April, the animal keeper left the location,” veterinarian Amir Khalil said. “So it was very hard. Animals started to eat each other.”

The lions join around 100 other big cats at Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary. Some of the animals there were also rescued from war-torn countries.

A 10-month war in Sudan between its army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) has devastated the country, displacing over three million people, with more than 700,000 fleeing to neighboring countries.

In the midst of the conflict, efforts were made to evacuate animals from areas heavily impacted by the fighting. The lions, hyenas, deer, exotic birds, and monkeys were rescued from Sudan Animal Rescue in Al Bageir, close to the capital Khartoum, which had been under heavy fighting since April 15.

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