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?
Though Berliners are not generally known for being warm and fuzzy, they have a capacity for getting excited about things that are. As columnist Tamsin Walker found out on a trip to one of the oldest zoos in the world, the city's affection for its bears, be they polar or panda, is as earnest as it is historic. And that's not all she discovered.
China's President Xi Jinping was greeted with full military honors when he arrived in Berlin. Talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel focused on cooperation ahead of a visit to the zoo to welcome two pandas sent from China.