In this Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 photo, a lion rescued from a zoo in the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo cuddles her newborn cub in the Ma'wa Wildlife Reserve in northern Jordan. The odds had been stacked against "Hajar," a lion cub born just hours after her mother Dana, rescued from a zoo in war-torn Syrian, was released into a wildlife reserve in Jordan. Dana and 12 other animals, including four other lions and two tigers, had barely survived under harsh conditions in the Syrian city of Aleppo, once a major battle ground.
They will move 500 elephants from two overcrowded wildlife reserves in the country's south to Nkhota Kota Wildlife Reserve, a distance of more than 300km. The relocation of the herd by conservation nonprofit African Parks is an effort to halt a steep decline in elephant numbers, the result of ivory poaching and loss of habitat. Over the last 20 years, Malawi's elephant population has been halved - from 4,000 to 2,000 amid a continent-wide decline. "Most of the news we hear about elephants out of Africa is about the poaching crisis, and their steep declines," Andrea Heydlauff, the organisation's Director of Strategic Communications, told Al Jazeera. "This is a story about restoration and providing a future for Malawi's elephants."
The animal welfare group Animals Asia released this footage in 2017 showing macaques riding bicycles, jumping over flames, walking tightropes--and cowering from their handers. As animal welfare increasingly becomes a part of the public conversation, it's becoming more common to see stories about animals living in situations that are harmful to their mental and physical health. Take dolphins in marine parks, or Yemen's starving zoo animals--or the tragic case of Pizza the polar bear. Too often we never find out what ultimately happens to these animals. Do they ever leave their decrepit enclosures in that zoo?