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Spotted In The West Bank: Giraffes

There is a small zoo in Qalqilya, in the West Bank. It was built in 1986, just before the first Palestinian intifada, with space for Shetland ponies, vervet monkeys, an ibex and a hyena, and several dozen other animals. Since then, it has fallen into disrepair. There are few visitors. And the zoo gets a fraction of the funding it needs.

Dr. Sami Khader, "the only zoo veterinarian in the Palestinian territories," is the subject of a new book by Amelia Thomas, The Zoo on the Road to Nablus. He hopes that the last Palestinian zoo will be one of the best in the world. Thomas joins us today, at the end of the second hour, to talk about Khader and the zoo. If you've traveled to the West Bank, have you seen it?



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Greetings. It may be complicated but is it possible to join or start a non profit org that would solicit donations for the zoo. I envision a web site, donation requests for necessary supply, animal foods, building materials, even salary. Donors could receive emails w/ images of the animals, visitors and any improvements sponsored by donations. What do you think?

Sent by Joe Mercier | 12:06 AM | 5-1-2008

I'm Dr.Sami Khader.thanks for every one who interesting to know about our story in Qalqilia and if you want to know more about Qalqilia zoo send to

Sent by Dr.Sami Khader | 7:19 AM | 7-10-2008