Hungry lions saved from wildlife park in Sudan

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A malnourished lion rests inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park in Khartoum, Sudan January 24, 2020. Conservationists in Sudan are trying to save four lions they say have been underfed and neglected in a wildlife park in the capital Khartoum, after one lion died earlier this week.

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A wildlife veterinarian takes samples from a malnourished lion. The emaciated lions belong to an important subspecies that exists only in limited areas including southeast Sudan and neighboring Ethiopia, said Khalda Seliman Mahgoub of the Sudan Wildlife Research Centre. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

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A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. “Since this is a particular subspecies that we should preserve, I shouldn’t see them in a cage. They should be in their natural habitat,” said Mahgoub.

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Workers assist a wildlife veterinarian as he takes samples from a malnourished lion. It was unclear exactly where the lions had come from but the cages in Al-Qureshi park where they were being kept had been constricting their movement, she said.

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The lions are now being treated after a plea from the Sudan Wildlife Research Centre and an online campaign pointing out their plight. Osman Salih, who first wrote about the big cats on Facebook, described them as being “skin and bones.”

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Al-Qureshi park receives few tourists and little revenue. Sudan has suffered decades of internal conflict and international isolation, and was rocked by months of protests and a political uprising last year.

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A malnourished lion rests inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park

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A malnourished lion rests inside its cage, flies buzzing around its face.

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Sudanese men walk at the entrance of Al-Qureshi Park.

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A malnourished lion drinks water from a pipe inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park.

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A malnourished lion walks inside its cage

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A malnourished lion peers from its cage.

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A malnourished lion is seen inside its cage

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A malnourished lion rests inside its cage.