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.
Chinese traditional medicine is threatening the traditions of a small island community in eastern Kenya. Donkeys are a main mean of work there. But more and more of the animals are dissapearing. Because the demand for donkey skin in China is high.
Germany is a big fan of celebrity animals. Sometimes it’s because of an endearing physical characteristic. At other times, it's down to a news story or viral clip that grips the nation.
Berlin's Tierpark has welcomed a new family member, a polar bear cub. Born to mother Tonja, the little cub charmed Tierpark visitors during her first public appearance.
Dozens of beluga whales and orcas are being held in icy waters in Russia after they were captured by a fishery. The so-called "whale jail" has been condemned by activists and Russia has promised to free the animals.
Veterinarians have dismissed criticism that the Arabian mare poses a danger to herself and others during her morning walks. Despite dozens of calls from worried pedestrians, police say they've never had to intervene.
As spring begins we can hear the birds returning from winter. But why do they migrate? Are they coming back early this year? And why are they so loud?
Glyphosate sparks controversy. The weed killer, also known as Roundup, is indispensable, agricultural experts say. But environmentalists argue it is harmful to humans and animals.
Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is home to unique plants and animals but the hunger for firewood threatens the forest. Can more efficient stoves help people and preserve nature in the densely populated African country?
Meat from animals which are not stunned before slaughter cannot be labeled organic, the EU's top court has ruled. The organic standard places a high emphasis on animal welfare.
Botswana is mulling lifting a ban on big game hunting following recommendations from a government committee. The committee said lifting the ban on hunting animals, such as elephants, would "promote conservationism."
German zoos have welcomed some of the most adorable baby animals. We share some of our favourite pictures of these feathered and furry friends, which are sure to tug at the heartstrings.
Zookeepers in Berlin have announced that their baby polar bear is a lively girl with "a few sharp claws." The little bear measures just 61 centimeters and could get her first visitors as early as March.
Kissing seems to be a uniquely human activity but some behavior in the animal kingdom comes pretty close. Here are just a few examples.
The petitioners are calling on a German zoo to move to the UK a bonobo ape who they say is being bullied by others. The zoo has refuted their claims, saying aggression against a male ape is common during integration.
Permaculture in India helps people in regions threatened by water scarcity. Understanding the nature and the ecosphere of plants, animals and landscape helps create regenerative, resilient agriculture to feed their families.
A mother honey badger in South Africa's Greater Kruger National Park was quick to defend her cub when a leopard tried to take it for its dinner. A guide captured the ordeal on film.
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