Palestinian children visiting the Marah Land Zoo outside Gaza City look at a donkey painted in a zebra-like pattern,Thursday, Oct . 8, 2009. Zoo keepers have found a creative way to draw crowds to the Gaza zoo that suffered losses during the war with Israel. Zoo workers replaced 2 zebras that died of hunger during the January war with donkeys painted black and white.
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gaza City zookeepers have found a creative way of drawing crowds to their dilapidated zoo – by painting their donkeys. The Marah Land Zoo’s only two zebras died of hunger earlier this year when they were neglected during the Israel-Hamas war.
The popular animals were too expensive to replace, so the keepers decided to design a pair of donkeys with black and white patterns instead.
Ahmad Barghouti says a professional painter used French-manufactured hair coloring to make the donkeys look like zebras.
Hasan Yaseen said Thursday since his three children have never seen a real zebra, they enjoy the Gaza version.
Aside from the two ‘zebras,’ the zoo also flaunts an aging tigress, two monkeys, and a selection of birds, rabbits and cats.