Roger Anis

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Hamdy Hasaballah

“I am here in service of the animals”

“I am here in service of the animals,” said uncle Hamdy, who spent the last 22 years working at the zoo, he added “I tried to apply for jobs in other fields, but it never happened; this made me realize that being a caretaker at the zoo is my destiny. I feel committed to them as my own children.” For long hours, on daily basis, uncle Hamdy sits by the Lama and the Rhino’s houses doing his job. The old man looked at the Rhino with sorrow and told us: “the Rhino is sad because he is alone without a mate, whatever we do for him he lays down as you see now, because he needs a companion, but it is difficult to bring a female Rhino at the moment because they are rare animals.”