We had received word a few weeks ago that there was a request submitted to the government for the licensing of a new zoo in the north of the country. The government refused the licence due to the terrible situation we already have in the present zoos. Obviously we couldn't have been happier with the decision. A few days ago however, you can just imagine our surprise and actual horror at the news that they had gone ahead anyway and opened the zoo!
We immediately jumped in the car and headed up north to make sure this was true, hoping that it was just a terrible rumour. Unfortunately it was true and although the zoo had not been completed, there were some animals in already. One dog, two monkeys, a goose, ducks, chickens, guinea fowl, rabbits, porcupines and a vulture. There were other enclosures still under construction and as we understood the plan was to have lions, tigers and hyenas. This deal had been struck with one of the already existing zoos who were going to sell the animals to this one.
I won't even begin to explain the conditions the animals were in; I will leave it for you decide if it is right through the pictures below...
As you can see from the pictures above, there was no water, the animals were living in their own filth and there was no shade or enrichment for them. After a few phone calls to the government bodies responsible, the decision was taken to immediately close the zoo and confiscate the animals. Thanks to the very quick action and response of the teams, the animals left the zoo that evening and were rehomed at the appropriate facilities for care and rehabilitation.
The two monkeys came to the New Hope Centre where an enclosure was quickly converted in order to provide a safe haven for the newest guests!
On being released into their new temporary home, the little two spared no time in discovering their new area and seemed to enjoy the fact that they were able to climb on natural branches again. It was a joy to watch.
The commitment and quick action of the government and the response of the teams and the RSCN means that these animals will now have a chance at a good life and those who think they may get away with doing things they want without the proper approvals will also learn that rules and regulations are applicable in Jordan!!