- Title: AFGHANISTAN: MUCH NEEDED FOOD AID ARRIVES AT KABUL ZOO
- Date: 20th February 2002
- Summary: (U6) KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (FEBRUARY 20, 2002) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) SLV PEOPLE AT ENTRANCE TO KABUL ZOO WIDE / PAN ENCLOSURE AND WOLF SEEN THROUGH FENCE SLV ZOO WORKERS SMV WOLF SLV PEOPLE AT ZOO SCU MONKEY IN CAGE SLV VISITORS AT THE ZOO WIDE/ SCU OF DESTROYED ENCLOSURES SCU PORCUPINES SMV PEOPLE LOOKING AT ANIMALS VARIOUS. ZOO WORKERS COLLECTIONG AID FROM OVERSEAS / FOOD FOR ANIMALS (3 SHOTS) VARIOUS, INTERIOR OF AID STORE WITH SACKS OF ANIMAL FOOD SCU (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) SHER AQAH OMAR, DIRECTOR OF THE ZOO, SAYING: "You can see that we have to start from zero and when we talk about reconstruction of this zoo, we want to ensure that all the animals are kept in line with international norms. They have promised to provide everything, including animals" SMV MAN WATCHING DEER SCU DEER SLV PEOPLE AT ZOO SMV BOY AT ZOO
- Embargoed: 7th March 2002 12:00
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Environment,Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVAD4B1JSNP10G2YO08W1SM73BM5
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- Story Text: Much-needed aid for Kabul's zoo has finally started arriving in Afghanistan - but it's going to take more than food supplies to help the war-ravaged zoo to recover its former glory.
Twenty years on the front-line has left Kabul's zoo a shadow of its former self. before the war, there were 700 animals at the zoo.
Despite widespread publicity about its plight, international aid has been slow in coming. But now relief is finally getting through to the impoverished zoo.
Earlier this week, the zoo's first consignment of aid arrived from the United States - food supplies for the handful of animals that managed to survive two decades of war.
Zoo officials are hopeful that the coming months will mark a revival in the zoo's fortunes. But zoo director Sher Aqah Omar admits that without foreign help, there is little chance of improving conditions for the 30 animals that still live at the zoo.
"You can see that we have to start from zero and when we talk about reconstruction of this zoo, we want to ensure that all the animals are kept in line with international norms.
They (international zoos) have promised to provide everything, including animals," said Omar.
North Carolina Zoo in the United States has raised over 300,000 US dollars to help rebuild the zoo. The hope is to reconstruct the facility as a national conservation park featuring native animals such as leopards, gazelles and porcupines.
While it may take almost two years to revitalise the zoo, the animals living there now are at least assured of one thing - that they won't be going hungry as long as peace holds.
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