A massive thank you to all of our supporters who helped make this mission possible. 

After nine days of waiting at the checkpoint near the border between Iraqi army controlled territory and Kurdistan region, Simba and Lula have finally safely arrived at the New Hope Centre in Amman, Jordan. Our dedicated and exhausted team released the animals this morning.

Simba and Lula moved into their temporary enclosures and will take the time they need to adapt and recover from these past stressful months at the bombed-out Montazah Al-Morour zoo of Mosul. Once they have adapted to their new surroundings they will be relocated to their permanent enclosures. 

Lula Rescued

This rescue was only possible with the generosity of our supporters. Please make a donation today to support Simba and Lula, and all other animals we help around the world. 


SUCCESS! Lula and Simba are now in a safe place outside of Mosul.

The animals and the FOUR PAWS team are all well, and we are working intensively on the logistics to move the animals to a new, species appropriate home.

A massive thank you to everyone who has supported us so far. We’ll continue to keep you updated and we kindly ask for your continued support – Lula and Simba still need our help.

UPDATE 05.04.17: Still waiting

Yesterday was all about meeting authorities in Mosul City. They have offered us their support for the mission going forward. We are very thankful for the help we have received so far on site.

Lula and Simba are both still doing well – especially after we cleaned their crates yesterday.

We hope that by soon we will be able to report a happy ending to you.

UPDATE 31.03.17: Lula and Simba’s rescue is finally within reach.

Over the past week, our FOUR PAWS rapid response team has been working tirelessly to rescue Lula and Simba. They bravely entered Mosul, not once, but twice to ensure that Lula and Simba did not become victims of the bloody conflict that has damaged Motazah Al-Morour Zoo and killed almost all of its inhabitant.

With the help of donors like you, bear Lula and lion Simba – the last survivors in the Mosul zoo – received much-needed medical treatment and food over the last couple of weeks. We cannot thank you enough for your support!

All of us here at FOUR PAWS are working hard to bring Lula and Simba to their new home, but we cannot do it without your help! Please support the transportation, housing and food costs.

Lula and Simba are counting on you. Please donate now!

UPDATE 25.03.17: 

A FOUR PAWS team is traveling to Iraq. We’re determined to find a long-term solution for Lula and Simba, but we can only help them with your support.

Every minute counts. Please donate now.

FOUR PAWS rapid response team has been able to provide food and urgent veterinary care to a bear and a lion, the last animals of Montazah Al-Morour Zoo in Eastern Mosul, Iraq.

For the past three months, the zoo was on the front line of an armed conflict between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Iraq army. The zoo was nearly destroyed and most of its animals including a lioness, monkeys and rabbits sadly died of starvation or killed.

We are the first animal welfare organisation that received permission to enter the city of Mosul.

Our team, led by Dr. Amir Khalil entered the ravaged city of Mosul on early Tuesday morning to find the zoo and its exhausted inhabitants in a disastrous state. Although alive, both animals look miserable and suffer from many diseases caused by malnutrition and lack of veterinary care. In addition to suffering from dental issues, the bear has pneumonia and the lion joint problems.

Accompanied by local volunteers, we were able to provide the animals with food and first aid. We also managed to clean the cages, littered with debris from the attacks, for the first time in three months. 

Food and medicine will be distributed for the next four weeks with the help of local volunteers. The health condition of the animals is still far from good, but provided care should help them to overcome the hardest time and support their recovery.

But we need your help.
We can provide food for the next four weeks, but we simply cannot sustain emergency missions like this without the support of people like you. Will you help us? Your donation could help our fund our vital work with animals in Iraq and around the world.