Zoos and aquariums are often criticized for caging animals and removing them from their natural habitats. But they also help to conserve species and teach the public about biodiversity and habitat protection.
DW takes a look at various issues related to zoos and aquariums around the world, the treatment of animals in captivity, their removal from natural habitats and alternative methods of species' conservation. How instrumental are zoos in preserving biodiversity and what does the human population gain from caging-in animals?
Destroyed homes, columns of smoke, fleeing people: Looking at pictures like these of the war in Iraq, it is easy to forget that a peaceful everyday life once existed. One last remnant of that was Mosul zoo - now the animals have been evacuated to safety. The situation for thousands of people remains critical, however.