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Mar

Why do some zoos euthanize healthy animals?Marius the giraffe died on Feb. 9 from a shot to the head with a bolt gun. Workers at the Copenhagen Zoo then publicly dissected the animal and fed his body to the lions. News of the incident horrified people worldwide, and the zoo faced backlash that included death threats to the zoo’s director, Steffen Stræde. This week the Copenhagen Zoo is making headlines again after it euthanized four healthy lions — two adults and their 10-month-old cubs — by lethal injection. Stræde said the zoo didn’t expect a public outcry like it received in the wake of Marius’ death. "I think people are more enlightened after Marius," he said. “Marius hasn’t made us the least bit afraid because what we are doing is the most correct thing to do." To understand the rationale behind his comments, you have to understand the history. Read more.

Why do some zoos euthanize healthy animals?
Marius the giraffe died on Feb. 9 from a shot to the head with a bolt gun. Workers at the Copenhagen Zoo then publicly dissected the animal and fed his body to the lions.
 
News of the incident horrified people worldwide, and the zoo faced backlash that included death threats to the zoo’s director, Steffen Stræde.
 
This week the Copenhagen Zoo is making headlines again after it euthanized four healthy lions — two adults and their 10-month-old cubs — by lethal injection.
 
Stræde said the zoo didn’t expect a public outcry like it received in the wake of Marius’ death.
 
"I think people are more enlightened after Marius," he said. “Marius hasn’t made us the least bit afraid because what we are doing is the most correct thing to do."
 
To understand the rationale behind his comments, you have to understand the history. Read more.

03

Jan

How many meerkats do we have? London Zoo kicks off 2014 animal census
The annual headcount requires keepers to document every single invertebrate, bird, fish, mammal, reptile and amphibian — a whopping 850 different species in all — living within the zoo’s walls.
See more census photos.

05

Sep

National Zoo’s panda cub is a girlThe cub will be named when she is 100 days old, in keeping with Chinese tradition.

National Zoo’s panda cub is a girl
The cub will be named when she is 100 days old, in keeping with Chinese tradition.

23

Aug

Meet Wolodja, Berlin’s newest polar bear
The Berlin zoo — the former home of Knut, the famous polar bear raised by zookepers that died unexpectedly in 2011 — acquired Wolodja from a zoo in Moscow in hopes that he will pair up with a female polar bear and produce offspring.

See more photos of Wolodja.

16

Aug

Mommy, why does that lion look like our dog?A Chinese zoo has a mastiff standing in for a lion, a domestic dog pretending to be a wolf and white foxes taking the place of leopards.

Mommy, why does that lion look like our dog?
A Chinese zoo has a mastiff standing in for a lion, a domestic dog pretending to be a wolf and white foxes taking the place of leopards.

05

Aug

Costa Rica may close 2 government-run zoosThe two facilities would close in 2014 and the many animals would be released back into the wild.

Costa Rica may close 2 government-run zoos
The two facilities would close in 2014 and the many animals would be released back into the wild.

03

Jul

Check out our gallery of how zoo animals beat the summer heat.

Check out our gallery of how zoo animals beat the summer heat.

16

May

Photos of the day: My how you’ve grown! Zoo takes stock of baby animals
A young Asian elephant named Assam is measured by zoo staff on May 16 during inventory day at the Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, Germany. Home to about 1,850 animals across 210 species, the zoo conducts a headcount of residents every year.

See more baby animal photos.

Photos of the day: My how you’ve grown! Zoo takes stock of baby animals

A young Asian elephant named Assam is measured by zoo staff on May 16 during inventory day at the Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, Germany. Home to about 1,850 animals across 210 species, the zoo conducts a headcount of residents every year.

See more baby animal photos.

30

Mar

London Zoo lets you put your cat on the map
The zoo hopes the interactive, searchable map will get people thinking about the plight of endangered big cats.

London Zoo lets you put your cat on the map

The zoo hopes the interactive, searchable map will get people thinking about the plight of endangered big cats.

27

Mar

Photos of the day: How zoo critters spend snow days
Animals at Smithsonian’s National Zoo make the most of lingering winter weather after a spring blizzard blanketed nearly half of the U.S. (and most of Canada) on March 25.
See more animals in the snow.

Photos of the day: How zoo critters spend snow days

Animals at Smithsonian’s National Zoo make the most of lingering winter weather after a spring blizzard blanketed nearly half of the U.S. (and most of Canada) on March 25.

See more animals in the snow.