Bandits, on the other hand, are involved in kidnappings and cattle rustling in the northwest region, while separatist groups are agitating for independence in the southeast region. The conflict has resulted in widespread violence, with communities caught in the crossfire and facing displacement, food insecurity, and limited access to basic services. The Nigerian government has struggled to contain the violence, and there are concerns that the conflict could have broader implications for the region’s stability.
After successfully shutting down Kaduna Zoo in 2021 and relocating the animals to appropriate facilities, Wild at Life e.V. has another rescue request in Nigeria again.
As most zoos in Nigeria are state-owned, they are largely dependent on the government for monetary support. Hypothetically, passive income from entrance fees could be a source of funding for zoos. But with the tickets priced as low as a mere few dollars, many zoos struggle to provide adequate veterinary care and food for the animals.
Unfortunately, things are no different for this zoo. Irregular – and in most cases, insufficient – funding from Nigerian authorities, exacerbated by the current rising global inflation, makes it almost impossible for the employees to keep the zoo afloat.
Currently, there are three lions in horrible states, five hyenas, three crocodiles, three ostriches, and several primates, all in urgent need of help and a way out. The animals are starving and with the lack of husbandry cleaning and maintenance, the spread of illnesses and diseases is not uncommon.