Twenty-three animals rescued from neighbouring war-ravaged countries in the Middle East have found shelter at the Al Ma’wa sanctuary for Nature and Wildlife located near the ancient Jordanian city of Jerash.
Images filmed on Sunday take a closer look at the Al Ma’wa sanctuary and the Four Paws organisation that rescues animals and gives them a fresh start.
“The sanctuary of the wild and natural resources is the first one in the Middle East and north Africa that aims to receive wild animals and take care of them,” manager of Al- Ma’wa Mustafa Khraisat explained.
According to him, the sanctuary’s most important mission is “the protection of the jungle and the diversity of life existing in this region.”
With the purpose of caring for traumatised wild animals, the Four Paws organisation has been leading rescue operations all over the Middle East.
“The sanctuary now has 23 animals, including 17 lions, a lioness, two tigers and four bears which were brought from the different surrounding war-torn countries like Syria, Iraq, Mosul and there are also animals from Gaza,” said Khraisat.
According to caretaker Saif Rwashdeh, one of the most challenging issues is the psychological trauma these animals have suffered.
“When we received them they were suffering great psychological issues. Sukkar and Loz (bears) were afraid of everything,” he said.
Four Paws rescues abused animals from all around the world, often from war zones. The international organisation has offices in 15 countries and operates seven sanctuaries for rescued animals.