Ukraine's Zoo Animals at the Brink
"...they were just two days away from totally running out of food for the carnivores when we found out about this and began providing meat." [Barbara Wiseman of Lawrance Anthony Earth Organization, speaking of the estimated 5,700 animals at the 104-year-old Nikolaev Zoo]
"Starvation is also a looming threat for some of Ukraine's other zoo animals." [HuffPostGreen]
"This isn't the first time the Earth Organization, founded by famed conservationist Lawrence Anthony, has been involved in the rescuing of zoo animals from countries in crisis. In 2003, Anthony made headlines when he entered war-torn Iraq to save the animals at Baghdad Zoo. Sadly, by the time he got there, most of the animals had died. Still, he reportedly enlisted soldiers to help protect the remaining animals and did everything in his power to keep them alive."
"In just 9 days, before he arrived, that zoo went from 600 animals down to 35. Most died from starvation and dehydration."
NC Zoo's Director David M. Jones was involved in Baghdad Zoo efforts then, as he leads the new Wild Welfare now, which charges itself with "identifying and improving the conditions of captive wild animals kept under circumstances of severe distress." [Have not heard of any Wild Welfare initiatives in Ukraine to date.]