Al Ma'wa Wildlife reserve, Jordan (CNN)Saeed is a two-year-old lion living in Jordan. He is one of several animals rescued from Magic World, an amusement park on the outskirts of eastern Aleppo, Syria. Once home to more than 300 animals, the park was abandoned after war engulfed the city.

Trapped in the park, the animals had little water and food, and many died from starvation; some were killed by aerial bombs that devastated the once bustling city, where entire blocks were reduced to rubble.In 2017, just 13 animals were found alive in the park. They were rescued by the international animal welfare organization FOUR PAWS.Thirteen animals were rescued from Magic World, an amusement park on the outskirts of eastern Aleppo in Syria, according to <a href="http://www.four-paws.org.uk/" target="_blank">Four Paws</a>, which conducted the mission.Thirteen animals were rescued from Magic World, an amusement park on the outskirts of eastern Aleppo in Syria, according to <a href="http://www.four-paws.org.uk/" target="_blank">Four Paws</a>, which conducted the mission. Photos: Syrian zoo rescue missionThirteen animals were rescued from Magic World, an amusement park on the outskirts of eastern Aleppo in Syria, according to Four Paws, which conducted the mission.Hide Caption 1 of 8More than 300 animals once inhabited the park, but when the animal welfare organization launched its rescue, only 13 remained, the rescue team said. It's not known what happened to the rest, though rescuers said they likely died from starvation and bombings, escaped or were sold to private owners.More than 300 animals once inhabited the park, but when the animal welfare organization launched its rescue, only 13 remained, the rescue team said. It's not known what happened to the rest, though rescuers said they likely died from starvation and bombings, escaped or were sold to private owners. Photos: Syrian zoo rescue missionMore than 300 animals once inhabited the park, but when the animal welfare organization launched its rescue, only 13 remained, the rescue team said. It’s not known what happened to the rest, though rescuers said they likely died from starvation and bombings, escaped or were sold to private owners.Hide Caption 2 of 8The animals rescued from the park included two hyenas.The animals rescued from the park included two hyenas. Photos: Syrian zoo rescue missionThe animals rescued from the park included two hyenas.Hide Caption 3 of 8Five lions, two tigers, two husky dogs and two black bears also were rescued from the Syrian park. Five lions, two tigers, two husky dogs and two black bears also were rescued from the Syrian park. Photos: Syrian zoo rescue missionFive lions, two tigers, two husky dogs and two black bears also were rescued from the Syrian park. Hide Caption 4 of 8Diana Bernas, the animal care manager at<a href="http://almawajordan.org/" target="_blank"> Al Ma'wa reserve</a> in Jordan, has been caring for the animals since they arrived.Diana Bernas, the animal care manager at<a href="http://almawajordan.org/" target="_blank"> Al Ma'wa reserve</a> in Jordan, has been caring for the animals since they arrived. Photos: Syrian zoo rescue missionDiana Bernas, the animal care manager at Al Ma’wa reserve in Jordan, has been caring for the animals since they arrived.Hide Caption 5 of 8When the animals reached the reserve, they were dehydrated and malnourished, and some had open wounds, rescuers said.When the animals reached the reserve, they were dehydrated and malnourished, and some had open wounds, rescuers said. Photos: Syrian zoo rescue missionWhen the animals reached the reserve, they were dehydrated and malnourished, and some had open wounds, rescuers said.Hide Caption 6 of 8Once in Jordan, the animals were put on a vitamin supplementation program and fed properly, their caregivers said. Three months on, they scarcely exhibit the physical effects of their time in Aleppo.Once in Jordan, the animals were put on a vitamin supplementation program and fed properly, their caregivers said. Three months on, they scarcely exhibit the physical effects of their time in Aleppo. Photos: Syrian zoo rescue missionOnce in Jordan, the animals were put on a vitamin supplementation program and fed properly, their caregivers said. Three months on, they scarcely exhibit the physical effects of their time in Aleppo.Hide Caption 7 of 8However, some still retain psychological effects from their time in Syria, experts said. Some of the animals endured six years of conflict.However, some still retain psychological effects from their time in Syria, experts said. Some of the animals endured six years of conflict. Photos: Syrian zoo rescue missionHowever, some still retain psychological effects from their time in Syria, experts said. Some of the animals endured six years of conflict.Hide Caption 8 of 812 rescued animals syria FOUR PAWS11 rescued animals syria FOUR PAWS09 rescued animals syria FOUR PAWS10 rescued animals syria FOUR PAWS03 cnn rescued animals syria05 cnn rescued animals syria08 cnn rescued animals syria04 cnn rescued animals syriaSaeed, along with four other lions, two tigers, two hyenas, two husky dogs and two black bears were evacuated from the park in July.They were driven in trucks toward the Syria-Turkey border, and eventually were relocated to Al Ma’wa wildlife reserve in Jordan, their new home.Read More”With our mission, we want to spread the message that humanity cannot be divided and that these suffering animals deserve to be heard and seen,” said Amir Khalil, a FOUR PAWS veterinarian and head of the rescue mission.

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