Animals reduced to cannibalism in Egyptian zoo after neglect
Animals eat each others in Egypt’s zoo due to ‘deliberate starvation’

CAIRO: A photo of an African baboon, whose feet were cannibalized by fellow cage mates in a zoo in Delta’s Sharqia governorate has gone viral on Egyptian social media.

“Due to extreme hunger, some animals starved to death, and others have eaten each others,” social media user Miss Assnaa posted on Save an Innocent Animal Soul Facebook page Tuesday.

A group of baboons turned on one of their cage-mates, she reported an eye-witness.


The eye-witness accused the zoo employees of waiting to feel animals until visitors offered money, and said that there was no medical care or cleaning in the zoo.

Zakazik Zoo director Ayman Lotfi denied such social media reports, adding that the 17-year-old baboon was injured after he went on the rampage because his pregnant wife abandoned him for his newly born baboon.

Lotfi continued in remarks to Youm7 that the zoo decided to isolate the baboon, the father, to protect the baby, adding that the baboon suffered inflammation of the lymph glands.

Egyptian zoos have been plagued by problems since the January 2011 revolution, although the Giza zoo lost its certification from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) in 2004 over animal welfare issues.

The agricultural ministry announced in January that it has in place a plan to regain WAZA certification; the plan of the development of the zoo relies on reducing the accumulation of animals in the park and improving their health conditions and food according to international standards approved by WAZA.

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  1. p Link
    February 11, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Try and find other zoos or organisations who would better care for these animals! Medical attention and a cleaner, healthier and more confortable confinement would best calm the animal down.

  2. Silvia
    February 11, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Poor animales ! Shame on you Egypt!

  3. Suzie Taylor
    February 12, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Stop this! Would you like to be trapped in a cage while starving to death??

    July 30, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Close the zoo in Egypt

    July 30, 2016 at 6:37 am

    Close the zoos in Egypt and allow these pooranimals live in a sanctuary

    July 30, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Remove these poor animals from this zoo

    July 30, 2016 at 6:41 am

    Stop this cruelty .Boycott zoo in Egypt

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