UPDATE: 

After 4 weeks of tireless preparations and work, the animals from the Syrian zoo have reached their new home in Jordan.

Over the weekend, we released the wild animals of the Syrian zoo into new rehabilitation enclosures at Al Ma'wa for Nature and Wildlife – a FOUR PAWS project in partnership with the Princess Alia Foundation.

The animals will now need time to settle down, and it is necessary not to overwhelm them. As soon as they adapt to their bigger homes, they will be released into larger species-appropriate enclosures. Almost all animals are exploring their current outdoor enclosures with wonder, relief and excitement! 

And we're even more excited to announce that less than 12 hours after our arrival in Al Ma'wa, the lioness Dana, went into labor and gave birth to a beautiful baby cub. 

But we still need all the support we can get. Please support our work with a donation today. Your gift could help give the rescued animals from Syria a better life, and support our work with animals around the world. Thank you.


After three weeks, the end is finally in sight.

The 13 animals rescued from the Magic World zoo near Aleppo, Syria are currently receiving veterinary care, food and water at the Wildlife Rescue Center in Karacabey, Turkey.

Here, we discovered that one lioness is about to give birth to two cubs and one of the hyenas, Cassie, is suffering from kidney failure. This is why it’s crucial to move all 13 animals to species-appropriate homes as soon as possible.

Thankfully, we’ve been granted official permission from the Turkish authorities to transport the animals to Jordan. Once all permits are ready, the last leg of our journey can begin.

Most of the animals will stay at the Al Ma’wa sanctuary in Jordan, while the two tigers, Sayeeda and Sultan, will travel to our sanctuary in the Netherlands.


Zoo animals from Aleppo, Syria need your help.

Over the weekend, FOUR PAWS launched a risky mission to rescue suffering zoo animals from the war-torn city of Aleppo.

And despite continued fighting in Syria, FOUR PAWS – working with security experts – successfully rescued three lions, two tigers, two bears and two hyenas from the destroyed zoo.

Malnourished and emaciated, the animals at the Magic World zoo were physically and mentally traumatised.

They have now made it to a safe, temporary home in Turkey, where they will receive food, water and veterinary care.

But we still need your help.

Exhausted and dehydrated, the rescued animals need vital veterinary care. And once recovered, we will need to relocate them to a permanent home.

Will you make a donation today?

Your support could help give the animals from Aleppo the care they need, and continue to help other animals in need around the world.