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Heartbreaking “Skin And Bones” Tigers Fight For Life In A Terrifying Zoo

A west African zoo has been exposed as a zoo of horrors after leaving its animals to suffer in the most horrific way with most of them dying of sᴛᴀʀᴠᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.

A wildlife NGO inspected the private zoo in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and found dozens of wild animals living in ᴀᴘᴘᴀʟʟɪɴɢ conditions.

Sickening footage from Ziniare’s Zoo caught on camera a few months ago shows emaciated lions on the brink of ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ at the wildlife menagerie.

They are filmed being given food by the inspection team from WildatLife.e.V after they were left to sᴛᴀʀᴠᴇ for weeks.

The team were horrified to discover dozens of endangered species had been left hungry and weak due to malnutrition – and some animals had ᴅɪᴇᴅ of sᴛᴀʀᴠᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.

An exposé video shows the ᴀᴘᴘᴀʟʟɪɴɢ conditions the 47 animals held in the zoo have been left to suffer in, with some on the brink of ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ.

Four lions, two hippos, two porcupines, dozens of monkeys, a striped hyena, red-necked ostriches, turtles and elks had all been sᴛᴀʀᴠᴇᴅ for weeks on end and their health is in a ‘dire’ state.

They found four skeletal lionesses on the verge of ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ with one lioness completely blind left to fend for herself.

When inspecting the porcupines’ cage, the team smelt ‘decay’ as the two animals had been locked away and ‘left to ʀᴏᴛ’ for weeks.

The investigation team wrote: ‘When inspecting the porcupines cage, we were met with both of them in the last stages of ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ, the smell of decay was already present as they had been locked and left to rot to ᴅᴇᴀᴛʜ for weeks.’

Shocking figures from employees in Ziniare’s Zoo revealed that over the last six years, dozens of the animals in the zoo have ᴅɪᴇᴅ of sᴛᴀʀᴠᴀᴛɪᴏɴ.

These animals included elephants, lions, tigers, giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, gorillas, baboons, pythons, and ostriches.

WildatLife.e.V, who carried out the exposé, is an international non-governmental organisation based in Germany and working in wildlife conservation, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

The team also hope to get The Association of Protection for fauna and Flora in Burkina Faso to implement an emergency takeover and turn the zoo into an ethical wildlife sanctuary.