Osman Salih said it was a “nerve-wracking couple of days” to get the stranded animals out of the Sudan Animal Rescue centre on the outskirts of the capital, Khartoum. Since war broke out seven months ago between Sudan’s national army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), managing the animals, including getting food supplies, has not been easy. At the beginning of the war, the centre had 23 lions, six hyenas and 30 other animal species. But over the months, Mr Salih said some of the animals had died from illnesses, as vets were not able to go in or send medical supplies. The animals are now being safely rehabilitated in another city outside the capital.