The Deposed Leader Who Had a Home Zoo

When Burkina Faso’s former president, Blaise Compaore, fled a 2014 uprising to Ivory Coast, he left behind a private zoo of exotic animals including, Lions, Ostriches, Hippos And Hyenas. The animals were starving to death until a nonprofit stepped in to rescue them and this year reopened the zoo to the public.


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