There are no words.
Gulf Today Conservationists in Sudan are trying to save four lions they say have been underfed and neglected in a wildlife park in the southeast of the country, after one lion died earlier this week. An online campaign under the hashtag #SudanAnimalRescue calling to help save the lions has grown over the past few days.
The unsettling images, shared on social media by a local animal rights advocate, drew impassioned responses from thousands around the world. But it wasn’t enough to save two lionesses at the Khartoum zoo, said local activist Zuhair Al Sarag.
The emaciated lions belong to an important subspecies that exists only in limited areas including Sudan and Ethiopia, said Khalda Seliman Mahgoub of the Sudan Wildlife Research Centre.
African lions are classified as a “vulnerable” species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Their population dropped 43 per cent between 1993 and 2014, with perhaps only 20,000 left in the wild.