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Conservationists try to save underfed lions in Sudan park

A malnourished lion rests inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park in Khartoum, Sudan January 24, 2020. Conservationists in Sudan are trying to save four lions they say have been underfed and neglected in a wildlife park in the capital Khartoum, after one lion died earlier this week.

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A malnourished lion rests inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park in Khartoum, Sudan January 24, 2020. Conservationists in Sudan are trying to save four lions they say have been underfed and neglected in a wildlife park in the capital Khartoum, after one...more

A malnourished lion rests inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park in Khartoum, Sudan January 24, 2020. Conservationists in Sudan are trying to save four lions they say have been underfed and neglected in a wildlife park in the capital Khartoum, after one lion died earlier this week. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A wildlife veterinarian takes samples from a malnourished lion. The emaciated lions belong to an important subspecies that exists only in limited areas including southeast Sudan and neighboring Ethiopia, said Khalda Seliman Mahgoub of the Sudan Wildlife Research Centre.

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A wildlife veterinarian takes samples from a malnourished lion. The emaciated lions belong to an important subspecies that exists only in limited areas including southeast Sudan and neighboring Ethiopia, said Khalda Seliman Mahgoub of the Sudan...more

A wildlife veterinarian takes samples from a malnourished lion. The emaciated lions belong to an important subspecies that exists only in limited areas including southeast Sudan and neighboring Ethiopia, said Khalda Seliman Mahgoub of the Sudan Wildlife Research Centre. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. "Since this is a particular subspecies that we should preserve, I shouldn't see them in a cage. They should be in their natural habitat," said Mahgoub.

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A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. "Since this is a particular subspecies that we should preserve, I shouldn't see them in a cage. They should be in their natural habitat," said Mahgoub. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. "Since this is a particular subspecies that we should preserve, I shouldn't see them in a cage. They should be in their natural habitat," said Mahgoub. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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Workers assist a wildlife veterinarian as he takes samples from a malnourished lion. It was unclear exactly where the lions had come from but the cages in Al-Qureshi park where they were being kept had been constricting their movement, she said.

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Workers assist a wildlife veterinarian as he takes samples from a malnourished lion. It was unclear exactly where the lions had come from but the cages in Al-Qureshi park where they were being kept had been constricting their movement, she...more

Workers assist a wildlife veterinarian as he takes samples from a malnourished lion. It was unclear exactly where the lions had come from but the cages in Al-Qureshi park where they were being kept had been constricting their movement, she said. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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The lions are now being treated after a plea from the Sudan Wildlife Research Centre and an online campaign pointing out their plight. Osman Salih, who first wrote about the big cats on Facebook, described them as being "skin and bones."

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The lions are now being treated after a plea from the Sudan Wildlife Research Centre and an online campaign pointing out their plight. Osman Salih, who first wrote about the big cats on Facebook, described them as being "skin and...more

The lions are now being treated after a plea from the Sudan Wildlife Research Centre and an online campaign pointing out their plight. Osman Salih, who first wrote about the big cats on Facebook, described them as being "skin and bones." REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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Al-Qureshi park receives few tourists and little revenue. Sudan has suffered decades of internal conflict and international isolation, and was rocked by months of protests and a political uprising last year.

REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Al-Qureshi park receives few tourists and little revenue. Sudan has suffered decades of internal conflict and international isolation, and was rocked by months of protests and a political uprising last year. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Al-Qureshi park receives few tourists and little revenue. Sudan has suffered decades of internal conflict and international isolation, and was rocked by months of protests and a political uprising last year. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion rests inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion rests inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion rests inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion rests inside its cage, flies buzzing around its face. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion rests inside its cage, flies buzzing around its face. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion rests inside its cage, flies buzzing around its face. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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Sudanese men walk at the entrance of Al-Qureshi Park. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudanese men walk at the entrance of Al-Qureshi Park. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Sudanese men walk at the entrance of Al-Qureshi Park. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion drinks water from a pipe inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion drinks water from a pipe inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion drinks water from a pipe inside its cage at Al-Qureshi Park. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion peers from its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion peers from its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion peers from its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion yawns inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion yawns inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion yawns inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion is seen inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion is seen inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion is seen inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion rests inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion rests inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion rests inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion lies inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion lies inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion lies inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A wildlife veterinarian takes samples from a malnourished lion. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A wildlife veterinarian takes samples from a malnourished lion. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A wildlife veterinarian takes samples from a malnourished lion. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion walks inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion stands inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion stands inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion stands inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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A malnourished lion rests inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion rests inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

A malnourished lion rests inside its cage. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah
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