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6 of the saddest zoos in the world

May 16, 2011, 11:44 a.m.
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Gaza Zoo

Gaza is another place you wouldn't necessarily think of having a zoo. In recent years the Palestinian city has suffered from Israeli blockades and internal conflicts, and its zoo hasn't fared much better. Today it houses two lions, a few monkeys, some [skipwords]birds,[/skipwords] rabbits, cats, dogs and two fake zebras: donkeys painted with black and white stripes (pictured).

The zoo once had two real zebras in its collection, but they died of malnutrition during the Israel-Hamas war, when there was actual fighting within the zoo itself. Zoo officials later tried to replace the zebras, but finally opted for painted donkeys due to limited funds.