Bärin Lula aus Mossul lebt jetzt im Wildtierschutzzentrum Al Ma'wa in Jordanien

Al Ma’wa for nature and wildlife sanctuary


A cooperation project between between Princess Alia Foundation and FOUR PAWS in Jordan

From 2015 to 2016, we built a wildlife rescue centre in Jordan together with our long-standing partner, the 'Princess Alia Foundation (PAF)'. Here, animals rescued from terrible conditions in captivity find a secure shelter. 

In particular, large wild animals such as big cats and bears that cannot be released into the wild after being kept their whole lives by humans need a lot of space and enclosures appropriate to their species in order to be able to act out their natural instincts.  

Reliable partner in the region

The Princess Alia Foundation has been a strong partner in the region for years. By building the Al Ma’wa Wildlife Rescue Centre we are now able to help even more animals in distress. One of our main tasks is education on the issue of the wildlife trade in Jordan. The project is additionally supported by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD) und the 30 Millions d’Amis Foundation. 

Rescue from destruction in Mossul

In a dramatic rescuse mission in 2017, we were able to rescue seven lions, two tigers and a brown bear from the ruins of Mossul and in a complex transfer operation bring them to their new, species-appropriate home.  

In the nine enclosures constructed to the highest standards, the animals now have meadows, forests, trees and bathing pools at their disposal. In a further construction phase, the centre will be extended to 140 hectares. There is no wildlife rescue centre of comparable size in the region.  

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The touching fate of indivdual animals

All the first inhabitants of the wildlife rescue centre have a moving history. Kept illegally by private owners, they were abused in zoos as visitor attractions and before their rescue languished in tiny cages without suitable food or medical care. Bear Balou is a sad example: he was passed from zoo to zoo before finally being brought to the al Ma’wa New Hope Centre. For a long time, he only dared to venture out of his indoor enclosure at night. It took intensive rehabilitation work for him to be able to discard his stereotype behaviour and get used to his outdoor space. In the Al Ma’wa Wildlife Rescue Centre and his new roomy enclosure, Balou now has the chance to rediscover his natural behaviour and can even dig his own winter den.