Photos: Tripoli Zoo

Tripoli Zoo did not escape the death and destruction that hit the Libyan capital during the uprising. In August 2011, many of the animals were left in a desperate state when Tripoli found itself without food and water. Fortunately a large international aid effort was mobilised and several charities stepped in to alleviate the situation. A few months on, the zoo’s large collection of animals and birds were in a much healthier condition when we visited the sight in December 2011. But the same could not be said for the buildings, which were in need of repair.