Ukraine’s ex president's zoo animals face starvation

2014-03-20 14:53

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Cape Town – When former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych vacated his presidential palace due to political reasons many asked who will take care of his private zoo?

After a month of political unrest Yanukovych was forced to leave his home, when people stormed his sprawling estate they discovered a personal zoo with thousands of animals including a number of exotic species.

According to the Huffington Post while some people tried to steal what they could, others have stepped up to try and save the animals from starving.

Most of Yanukovych’s staff fled as soon as the residence was taken over by rioters but three staff members have decided to stay in order to take care of the animals in the zoo.

Serhiy Hryhoryev, was one of the people who stayed and contacted the Logistics Headquarters group, an organisation that was set up to help protestors.

Olesya Korzhenevska founder and leader of the organisation came to Hryhoryev’s aid and says that the organisation's main aim is to help protesters in crisis.

The organisation also wants to show the Ukrainian government the projects they have forgotten and believe that the private zoo is an example of this.

Logistics is currently providing funds and volunteers to the zoo on Yanukovych’s estate.

The group is also trying to raise money to continue feeding the animals.

The main problem the organisation faces is that most people would rather donate to save people affected by the protests, rather than save Yanukovych’s animals says Korzhenevska.

Currently the organisation is getting money from residents near the estate and various public figures who are concerned, but the group is worried that the there will soon be no more money for them to feed the animals.

The group is hoping to be granted non-governmental organisation status in order to receive funds from international corporations and donors.

The long term goal is to merge Yanukovych’s zoo with the Kiev Zoo to create a national park.
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