Big or little, cute or ugly, animals of the world can be our companions or our enemies.
Animals can also do some nifty things, or play important roles in the ecosystem. DW looks at animals from every which angle.
The zoo said Colo was an "ambassador" for gorillas and inspired conservation efforts. She was the first zoo-born gorilla in the world.
Unwanted by the poultry industry, billions of male chicks are thrown into mechanical shredders or gassed to death the moment they enter this world. German researchers have developed a more humane alternative.
Jellyfish have a bad rep. Most people are disgusted by or even afraid of them. But the squishy sea-dwellers are beautiful creatures - who don't even need a brain to gracefully float through the seas.
Tiny and slimy, slugs have the power to disgust, repel, and strip gardeners of their lettuces and their nerves. But for all their unappealing attributes, they are innovative survivors that provide a valid eco-service.
Humans have a very special way of talking to babies - and they also use it on dogs. According to a new study, puppies are subjected to especially high-pitched babble - and they like it.
After its kitten craze, owl cafés seem to be Japan's next big thing. Customers have been lining up to spend time with the big-eyed birds. But despite good intentions, experts say signs of stress are likely to be misread.
Bebac was diagnosed with heart disease nearly nine years ago. Fellow gorilla Mokolo is now all alone.
Germany's federal environmental agency has called for heavier VAT on meat and milk and other animal products. But while campaigners rejoiced, the environment minister has already rejected the idea.
Poachers are killing off elephants for their ivory tusks. China, the world's largest market for ivory, has announced it will shut down its ivory trade by the end of 2017. Will this help save the iconic animals?
The common chicken isn't as dumb as you might like to think. Researchers who looked at a wealth of scientific literature on the bird found that chickens are capable of empathy, logic, and even a little subterfuge.
A French woman was injured by a wild crocodile while visiting a national park in Thailand. The tourist, who had been hoping to take a snapshot of herself with the animal, allegedly squatted next it.
Our readers have "voted" per mouseclick - here are DW Environment's most popular stories of the year.
Eggs, milk, wool, leather - animal products are part of our everyday lives. But not for vegans. DW reporter Louise Osborne tried being vegan for a week, and ended up asking herself: Is it really more eco-friendly?
Pan Pan, the world's oldest male panda, sired more than 130 offspring, amounting to a quarter of all captive-bred pandas in the world. He died at the age of 31.
Every year, environmental and scientific organizations name selected species to be celebrated, or to highlight the fact that they are endangered. These are the animals of the year 2017.
Britain-based zoologists have warned of a global fall in the number of cheetahs, the world's fastest land animal. They've urged conservationists to recategorize the big cat as an endangered species.
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