Bissan Zoo in the city of Beit Lahiya fared even worse. More than half its animals were killed during the war.
"Animals are just like humans. They face death if they don’t have access to proper food, care and medicine," Juma said. "We are living in an occupied country, facing a horrible siege that does not differentiate between humans, animals or stones."
With the war over, Juma wants to rebuild and restore Fat'hi Zoo to its former glory. But he can’t afford enough food and supplies to care for the animals that survived, let alone replace the ones that died.
Even if he did have the funds, Juma said it would be impossible to acquire new animals. Because Gaza's borders with Israel and Egypt are closed, livestock and wild animals have to be smuggled into the territory through tunnels. In 2012 an adult lion that was "improperly sedated" awoke and tore a tunnel smuggler apart, reported National Geographic.
As for Bobbi and Max, Juma says Fat'hi Zoo didn't abandon them. Rather, he says, the zoo has made itself available to provide guidance and support to the Jamal family for their proper care. He trusts that Abu Sami will raise the lions in a way that will "guarantee their safety and his family’s safety."
Abu Sami believes treating the lions with kindness and mercy will ensure his family's safety. "As long as you don’t harm them, they won’t harm you," he said.
"I am only worried about the strangers who would visit these cubs. But as for me and my family members, I think we are going be safe around them, because they will recognize us and be used to being with us."
But not everyone is convinced that raising lions in a densely populated refugee camp is safe.
Belal Hasna, a Gaza-based investigator for animal protection group Animal Australia, said it is "impossible for anyone to raise such wild animals."
"Saad al-Jamal may think that he treats them well, but that is not true. Their presence here is dangerous, both to them and everyone else," he told Al Jazeera.
While it’s illegal for civilians in Gaza to possess wild animals, such laws are rarely enforced. Aymen al-Batneji, a police spokesman, explained that officers are far too busy dealing with civil matters to concern themselves with people's pets. "We are not responsible as long as we don't receive any complaints from residents," he said.
The government and NGOs are understandably preoccupied with the humanitarian crisis, Hasna said, adding that Gaza has no animal-rights groups. "I want to create my own team — I already have the team members — that would take care of animals’ rights and ensure their survival," he said.
In the meantime, Abu Sami plans to hold on to Bobbi and Max until they become adults and then sell them to someone who can afford to feed and care for them. He has already received an offer to sell them for $9,000, but he refused.
"I want to take care of them myself," he said. "It makes me feel happy and proud to know they're in my home."