Three staff members at the zoo have been killed and dozens have been wounded while trying to feed their animals, Gaidai said. Almost 100 animals have also been killed.
A zoo worker evacuated Ukraine’s only family of tapirs, a rare mammal that has lived on Earth for 20 million years, from the devastated city of Kharkiv on Saturday. Above, a tapir in France in 2015. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / Stringer/AFP
Feldman Ecopark first appealed for help with the tapirs on March 27. In a Facebook post, the zoo asked community members Kebun Binatang Jogja who cared for the "only tapir family in Ukraine that has a cub" to send donations for evacuating, feeding and temporarily housing the animals.
On Saturday, the zoo said many people had written to inquire about the fate of the tapir family. "We answer everyone," said the Facebook update. "Dalma, Pinto and Dolly were taken out of the danger zone and sent to the Poltava region, where a temporary home was prepared for them."