Heartwarming... ends with a ROAR! 🦁

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I very much enjoyed this book, even though it wasn’t really a “couldn’t put it down” type of read. Abu Laith, The “Father of Lions,” is an animal lover who cares for the wildlife left behind at Mosul zoo after two and a half years of ISIS occupation. Based on true events, the book chronicles the passion and determination of a handful of individuals in their attempt to feed and provide for the zoo animals—and ultimately attempt a rescue.

Father of Lions doesn’t just focus on the hardships of the animals, but on the war torn and worn down people of the region. The author brings to light their histories, their struggles, their culture, their emotions and their survival. The book is very well written and engaging. Abu Laith is quite the character and his love for his lion Zombie is heartwarming.