Sickening footage shows emaciated lions left to starve in African zoo

Zoo of horrors: Sickening footage shows emaciated lions left to starve along with hippos, porcupines, monkeys, elks and hyenas at a private wildlife menagerie in West Africa

  • A west African zoo has been exposed for starving its 47 wild animals to death
  • A sickening video by a wildlife NGO revealed animals were rotting in their cages
  • In six years, 98% of the animals in the zoo died from neglect and starvation

A west African zoo has been exposed as a zoo of horrors after leaving its animals to suffer in the most horrific way with most of them dying of starvation.

A wildlife NGO inspected the private zoo in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and found dozens of wild animals living in appalling conditions.

Sickening footage shows emaciated lions on the brink of death at the wildlife menagerie being given food by the inspection team after being left to starve. 

A West African zoo in n Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso has been exposed for starving its wild animals to death. Pictured: A malnourished lioness at the zoo

The team were horrified to discover dozens of endangered species had been left hungry and weak due to malnutrition – and some animals died due to lack of food. 

An exposé video shows the appalling conditions the animals have been left to suffer in with some on the brink of death. 

Four lions, two hippos, two porcupines, dozens of monkeys, a striped hyena, red-necked ostriches, turtles and elks had all been starved for weeks on end and their health is in a ‘dire’ state.  

They found four skeletal lionesses on the verge of death with one lioness completely blind left to fend for herself.   

A wildlife NGO inspected the private zoo and were horrified to discover skeletal lionesses on the verge of death with one lioness completely blind left to fend for herself


An exposé video revealed the appalling conditions the animals were left to suffer in. Pictured: A monkey (left) and a hippo (right) were some of the 47 animals found at the zoo

When inspecting the porcupines’ cage, the team smelt ‘decay’ as the two animals had been locked away and ‘left to rot’ for weeks. 

The investigation team wrote: ‘When inspecting the porcupines cage, we were met with both of them in the last stages of death, the smell of decay was already present as they had been locked and left to rot to death for weeks.’

The zoo holds 47 wild animals in total with a shocking statistic revealing that over the last six years, 98% of the animals in the zoo died of starvation. 

A shocking statistic revealed that over the last six years, 98% of the animals in the zoo died of starvation. Pictured: An emaciated lion is given food by the inspection team after being left to starve for weeks

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It has started an urgent fundraiser to keep the animals alive at a cost of £500 a week, which covers food, care and modest salaries for a small staff of eight.

The team also hope to get The Association of Protection for fauna and Flora in Burkina Faso to implement an emergency takeover and turn the zoo into an ethical wildlife sanctuary.

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