The Economist, one of Africa’s longtime patronizers (just last week they disturbingly referred to Botswana as “Africa’s Golden Boy“), posted a slide show of zoo animals with a single sentence: “During the war in Libya, the animals of Tripoli’s zoo suffered along with the rest of the city’s residents.” Take a look for yourself, but we kinda think that these animals look no different than caged up zoo animals all over the world. Are we missing something? What exactly is the story?

The real scoop on Tripoli’s zoo animals and rescue efforts can be found in this New York Times article. As for those who are concerned about animals that roam free on the continent, but still risk traumatization from poachers, don’t fear because apparently Leonardo DiCaprio is on his way to protect them. DiCaprio is stepping up as a global ambassador for the International Fund for Animal Welfare‘s “Elephants Never Forget” campaign. This initiative will raise awareness of the illegal trade of elephant ivory.

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