Lula and Simba’s rescue is finally within reach.
After two very challenging days, we’re happy to announce that a FOUR PAWS team has returned to Mosul, Iraq to rescue Lula the bear and Simba the lion from the Montazah Al-Morour Zoo.
A massive thank you to everyone who has donated over the past few weeks. Your kindness and generosity has helped make this rescue mission a reality.
If you haven’t had a chance to give, we need your help now more than ever.
To donate to this rescue mission – https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/6098#/DonationDetails
This mission has not been an easy one.
After successfully removing Lula and Simba from the zoo on Tuesday afternoon, our team was detained at the first military checkpoint departing Mosul. Forced to surrender Lula and Simba to the authorities, our team was asked to leave Mosul without them. The two animals were then sadly returned to the Mosul zoo.
Being turned away was devastating. But we didn’t give up. Following our return to Erbil, we entered hours of negotiation with Iraqi authorities, military and zoo representatives. Our hard work paid off.
Despite the challenges, success is within reach. But we still need your help.
As of this morning, Lula and Simba have been carefully prepared for their journey to a new home. And as you read this email, the team and the animals are patiently waiting to leave Mosul for good.
If you haven’t donated already, please make a donation today.
Your gift could help give Lula and Simba a better life, and support our work with animals around the world.