Middle East

Tiger taken from 'world's worst zoo' arrives in South Africa

  • Laziz the tiger drinks water in a cage upon arrival at O.R Tambo international airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Laziz is one of the 15 animals who were removed and rescued by an international charity from the Gaza Strip's main zoo, dubbed "the worst in the world." (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Laziz the tiger drinks water in a cage upon arrival at O.R Tambo international airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Laziz is one of the 15 animals who were removed and rescued by an international charity from the Gaza Strip's main zoo, dubbed "the worst in the world." (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

  • Airport cargo workers and photographers catch a glimpse of a tiger named Laziz, upon its arrival at O.R Tambo international airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Laziz, is one of the 15 animals were removed and rescued by an international charity from the Gaza Strip's main zoo, dubbed "the worst in the world." (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Airport cargo workers and photographers catch a glimpse of a tiger named Laziz, upon its arrival at O.R Tambo international airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Laziz, is one of the 15 animals were removed and rescued by an international charity from the Gaza Strip's main zoo, dubbed "the worst in the world." (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

  • Laziz the tiger drinks water in a cage as workers and photographer catch a glimpse, upon arrival at O.R Tambo international airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Laziz is one of the 15 animals who were removed and rescued by an international charity from the Gaza Strip's main zoo, dubbed "the worst in the world." (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

    Laziz the tiger drinks water in a cage as workers and photographer catch a glimpse, upon arrival at O.R Tambo international airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Laziz is one of the 15 animals who were removed and rescued by an international charity from the Gaza Strip's main zoo, dubbed "the worst in the world." (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)  (The Associated Press)

A Bengal tiger rescued from what activists call "the worst zoo in the world" has arrived in South Africa for a new home.

The nine-year-old male, known as Laziz, arrived Thursday by plane after a nearly four-day journey.

His handlers say he is in good condition and calm after traveling in a wooden crate since Monday.

He had lived in a small cage in the Khan Younis zoo in Gaza.

The Four Paws charity launched a rescue effort when it discovered that the zoo was displaying the stuffed corpses of animals that had died from stress, disease and starvation.

The tiger was being taken to the Lionsrock Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa.