The Zoo of Kinshasa is getting gradually empty from animals. This important tourist heritage of the city of Kinshasa initially counting 2000 animals loses its different animal species, due to a lack of good management of this place. Created since the colonial period, precisely in 1938, the Zoological Garden of Kinshasa was once much appreciated for the variety of Animals it hosted and it was like the Congolese fauna showcase in the capital. Today this is no longer the case. Only about 80 animals survived.
Following the visits we [Save Animals is a Congolese animal protection and welfare association based on the support of volunteers] have made, we found that several animal cages were empty. According to a zootechnical that was interviewed: "Many animals including lions, elephants, antelopes, bears, leopards and others are dead because of bad conditions of giving." The Kinshasa Zoological Garden faces huge animal care difficulties, which is the basis of the deaths and disappearance of several species from the Kinshasa zoo.
In addition to being a place where children and students come to gain knowledge about wildlife, this site also hosts a few visitors and tourists every day. They must pay $ 1 as entry right. But there are no longer many visitors as it was years ago.
The animals are fed thanks to poor revenue generated by the entry fees. But they are far from enough to permanently ensure the food of animals. There is no medical care for the animals and the hygiene conditions are very poor. The cages are falling apart and are clearly too small for the animals, endangering their mental health. Most animals don’t even receive fresh water.
The zoo currently hosts a total of about 100 animals listed here below:
10 Crocodiles, 4 Eagles, 2 Vultures, 1 Civet, 1 Wild cat, 1 Jackal, 2 Varans, 2 Boa,
30 Monkeys (chimpanzee, bonobo, baboon etc.), 2 Ostriches, 5 antilopes, Buffalos, Horses, Donkeys, Parrots, Herons.
We, Save Animals, decided to call out to you so together we can save these animals.
1/ Our primary objective is to save these animals by feeding them and giving them water, by cleaning their cages and enclosures every Sunday for a year.
This represents a yearly budget of 27,260 USD (see details here below).
2/ If we collect more money than just for the food, our priorities will be to:
o pay for the veterinary fees for basic care: vaccination, taking care of wounds (some of the monkeys are in very bad health conditions; a crocodile has a broken jaw and cannot eat; some animals have dermatological problems)
o rehabilitate some of the biggest cages (these cages used to be hosting elephants, lions, bears, leopards which dies; the cages are now empty and abandoned, as you can see on the video).
If we could fix some of the big cages and plant some (fruit) and leave trees in the cages, we could move the biggest animals from far too small cages to more comfortable cages. T
hen in turn, smaller animals could get middle size cages. We could use the opportunity of the rehabilitation to add a space for fresh and daily water supply in each cage.
The rehabilitation could improve the animals living conditions on the longer term.
The ultimate goal is to give the people of Kinshasa the desire to revisit this place again. This would allow revenue growth and therefore the assurance of better living conditions for these animals.
How exactly will the funds be used?
The project will consist of a visit by 10 unpaid volunteers every Sunday for the whole year 2021. The visit will be used to :
- feed the animals, give them fresh water and clean the cages and enclosures of less dangerous animals (horses, small monkeys…)
- help the professional caretaker of the zoo to take care of the more dangerous animals. He is willing to save them but he does not have the means to do so.
Which implies that there will be 52 visits in one year.
We will report on our website and on local TV about the amounts raised and about the weekly feeding and cleaning.
Expenses will be as follows (categories of expenditures in order of importance):
* Purchase of food: It will important to buy food for all different species
Meat 27 kg * 2 USD per kg = 54 USD per week
Vegetables & Fruits 488,25 kg * 0,75 USD per kg = 366,19 USD per week
Insects 0,4 kg * 1 USD per kg = 0,40 USD per week
Total / Week = 420,59 USD
Sub-total for food: $420 x 52 weeks = 21.840 USD
All articles will need to be brought to the zoo each Sunday by local public transport:
50 USD x 52 weeks = 2600 USD
Sub-total transport: 2.600 USD
* Cleaning equipment:
- Gloves : 4 USD*10 = 40 USD
- Boots : 5 USD x 10 = 50 USD
- Brushes : 5 USD x 10 = 50 USD
- Garbage Bags: 5 USD (25pces) x 18 = 90 USD
- Dustpan: 1 USD x 10 = 10 USD
- Dust Protection : 3,5 USD x 10 x 52 = 1.820 USD
Sub -total for equipment: $2.060
* Visibility on local TV and social media
This is important for the awareness of people who will want to accompany us in this activity. There must be more volunteers. The more people there are, the greater the effect and impact.
The media campaign will be divided in 8 months, 95 USD per month of feed for the local TV spot.
Sub-total visibility: 760 USD
TOTAL OF THE PROJECT for FOOD and CLEANING: 27.260 USD
Note: We know that this project is far from solving the problem of these animals, but we want at least help them survive instead of dying without any care or love during their whole life.
Find out more about us :
Our website: www.saveanimalsrdc.org
Facebook : Save Animals-ASBL
Our Tv show promoting animal welfare : https://youtu.be/mTnr8uSJKVo
 Save Animals Universal, the only association working for the wellbeing and diversity of animals in the Democratic Republic of Congo
- Lorenzo von Matterhorn
- Kitty Wong
- Jerry Han
Fundraising team: Équipe de collecte de fonds (2)
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