Living Compound in Jeddah offers a hidden animal sanctuary for birds, fish and reptiles

A living complex in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has been discovered to house a hidden living animal sanctuary for birds, fish and reptiles. The animal sanctuary is built in a public city park where animal keepers recreate their natural habitat.

Despite its uniqueness, the Jeddah sanctuary is one of a multitude of animal sanctuaries around the world. Yet, there are instances in which not all animal shelters are considered animal friendly.

Hidden Animal Sanctuary

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Jeddah’s hidden animal sanctuary consists of various rescued animals, including birds, tortoises, tortoises, iguanas and other species, according to Arab News. The owner of the sanctuary, Kane Tison, is said to have grown up in Jeddah and collected and rescued animals since childhood.

According to Arab News, Tison struggled to recreate the animals’ natural habitat, including trees, water flow and plants. The sanctuary also ensures that a certain animal species is not alone in its enclosure.

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wild animal sanctuary

Jeddah Animal Sanctuary is one of many animal sanctuaries around the world. However, there are instances where some animal shelters deprive animals of their welfare. A wild animal sanctuary or wildlife sanctuary differs from a zoo; where the two differ in their main purposes.

According to National geographic, wildlife sanctuaries specialize in housing and caring for wild animals that have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. Unlike zoos which are created to specifically display animals to the public, sanctuaries are established to rescue endangered animals.

In the United States, there are cases where people call their places animal sanctuaries, but in fact engage in the illegal breeding or sale of animals, according to the American Sanctuary Association (ASA), quoted by National Geographic.

Besides a wildlife sanctuary, other animal sanctuaries can take the form of an agricultural sanctuary, which also protects and houses farm animals, including chickens, cows, and pigs.

Animal sanctuary: real or not?

Due to the dangers posed by some animal sanctuaries around the world, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) provided that the following factors are considered below in determining whether an animal sanctuary is real or not:

  • Animals housed with poor materials and a concrete floor can be a red flag.
  • An animal sanctuary should promote both physical and psychological stimulation of the animal.
  • There should be enough space for the animals to explore, move around, climb and feed.
  • No sanctuary should allow physical contact between visitors and animals.
  • A veritable sanctuary offers permanent shelter to animals deprived of care.

Additionally, PETA primarily noted that a person should consider how a sanctuary acquired an animal. This is because the animals inside sanctuaries may have come from circuses, zoos, laboratories or other industries that have exploited them, says PETA.

In recent years, animal rights groups and organizations have called for the protection of animals in sanctuaries, zoos and farms.

PETA has called for an end to the use of animals for entertainment purposes, including thousands of circus monkeys, elephants, bears and others.

In the United States and other countries, animal activists and groups have also called for tougher animal welfare policies.

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