Conservationists try to save underfed lions in Sudanese wildlife park

first_imgConservationists appeal to save Northern white rhino species A malnourished lion walks inside its cage at the Al-Qureshi Park in Khartoum, Sudan January 22, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah A malnourished lion walks inside its cage at the Al-Qureshi Park in Khartoum, Sudan January 22, 2020. /REUTERSConservationists in Sudan are trying to save four lions they say have been underfed and neglected in a wildlife park in the capital Khartoum, after one lion died earlier this week.Khalda Seliman Mahgoub of the Sudan Wildlife Research Centre said the emaciated lions belong to an important subspecies that exists only in limited areas including southeast Sudan and neighbouring Ethiopia.“Since this is a particular subspecies that we should preserve, I shouldn’t see them in a cage. They should be in their natural habitat,” said Mahgoub.It was unclear exactly where the lions had come from but the cages in Al-Qureshi park where they were being kept had been constricting their movement, she added.The lions are now being treated after a plea from the Sudan Wildlife Research Centre and an online campaign pointing out their plight.Al-Qureshi park receives few tourists and little revenue. Sudan has suffered decades of internal conflict and international isolation, and was rocked by months of protests and a political uprising last year.Related Zimbabwe suspends hunting of wildlife in Hwange parkcenter_img Three escaped Kruger Park lions shot deadlast_img

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