AMMAN, Jordan — The last surviving animals in the Montazah Al-Morour Zoo in the war-ravaged Iraqi city of Mosul — Lula, a bear, and Simba, a lion — reached safety at a wildlife shelter in Amman, the Jordanian capital, on Monday night.
Their home at the zoo was severely damaged as battles for control of the city, Iraq’s second largest, have raged for months between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants.
A half-million people are thought to be unable to escape the city. The Islamic State has used civilians as human shields, and American airstrikes, supporting Iraqi counterterrorism forces, have leveled parts of Mosul. A strike in one neighborhood last month was thought to have killed as many as 200 civilians.
About 40 animals had died at the zoo in recent months. Some starved and some were killed by bombs, according to Four Paws International, an animal welfare organization based in Vienna that …