Save Zoo Animals from Starving to Death

Target: Dr. Ahmed bin Mubarak, Yemen ambassador to the United States

Goal: Rescue abandoned and starving animals from zoo in Yemen.

Approximately 240 animals are currently starving to death in the abandoned Taiz Zoological Gardens in Yemen. The zoo was run by the Yemen government, and it was reportedly abandoned early this year due to escalating violence in the area. When the plight of the animals made worldwide news in February, a rescue organization raised money to feed the animals. This was supposed to be a temporary solution until rescue groups could get permits to take the animals out of Yemen, but the Yemeni government is allegedly refusing to issue transfer permits. They are also saying that the animals are fine, even though witnesses have reported that they are thin and covered in abscesses. Because no forward movement was being made, the rescue organization stopped supplying money for the animals’ food at the end of November, hoping that will force the Yemeni government to take action.

Among the animals in danger is the rare Arabian leopard, the national animal of Yemen. There are less than 200 of these animals in the world, and the Taiz Zoological Gardens has 28 of them, but that number is already dwindling. One of the female leopards was eaten by its companion, and four cubs disappeared, either eaten or stolen to be sold on the black market. The zoo could soon lose all of its leopards to starvation, leaving an alarmingly small amount of these animals in the world.

If the Yemeni government does not issue transfer permits, the leopards, lions, birds, and monkeys trapped in the Taiz Zoological Gardens will not survive. Sign this petition to say that you do not want these innocent animals to needlessly starve to death.


Dear Dr. Bin Mubarak,

At the Taiz Zoological Gardens, 240 animals are quickly starving to death. The zoo was allegedly abandoned early this year after violence escalated in the area, and only two workers were left to care for the animals. A rescue organization raised money to feed the animals, but they have decided to stop supplying money after the Yemen government refused to issue transfer permits. Now, with no food coming in, the animals are simply waiting to starve.

If no action is taken, hundreds of animals could die, including many rare Arabian leopards. These deaths have already begun happening. One of the leopards was reportedly eaten by its companion, and four cubs have gone missing. Many animals are also now close to death, including a lion that’s so thin his hip bones jut out. There are also many monkeys, birds, and hyenas that are malnourished and sick.

These animals do not deserve to be trapped in a war zone, facing their deaths. Please urge your government to issue transfer permits so rescue groups can get these animals to safety.


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Photo Credit: Bernhard Mülhens

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  1. Come into the 21st century, Yemen! How dare you TORTURE INNOCENT ANIMALS?!! If you do not allow people to transport these starving animals somewhere safe, you are MONSTERS, and I hope you all rot in HELL!!!

    • Anna Driskill says:

      The children of Yemen are also starving to death. You may not be old enough to remember when the animals of the Sarajevo zoo starved during the siege there, but I do. If this gentleman has to choose between the children and the zoo animals, what is he supposed to do?


  3. annie vallet says:

    unbearable, unacceptable

  4. Mubarak you’re a disgrace to your country. Feed the animals or let them be rescued and transported to a sanctuary if you and your ridiculous country cannot be bothered to treat these animals humanely.

  5. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

  6. Cruel bastards these people need to be starved to death.

  7. Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared ?


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