UK Zoos

Bred to Die, the Real Tragedy of the Lion at Odense Zoo

Claire Bass | Posted 16.10.2015 | UK
Claire Bass

This was a perfectly healthy young lion, killed at nine months of age not because she was sick or injured, but simply because nobody wanted her. Just like Marius the giraffe shot with a bolt to the head at Copenhagen Zoo last year, she is one of an estimated 5,000 animals bred in captivity each year in European zoos but killed because they are considered surplus to requirements, genetically undesirable for the zoo's breeding programme.

A Trip to the Zoo?

Steve Backshall | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Steve Backshall

For the last seven years, I've spent a portion of the school holidays doing live shows at some of the nation's best-known zoos. The shows attract thousands, mostly families with younger kids, and most leave with big smiles on their faces. I do however every year receive a number of messages that go something like this: "You're a massive hypocrite. You claim to be a conservationist, to care about wild animals, and yet you endorse institutions that keep these noble beasts imprisoned behind bars." My stance on this criticism - for which I have a certain amount of sympathy - is rather too complex to get across in 140 characters or less, so I decided to offer a more considered response to the ethics of keeping wild animals in captivity.

Adorable Baby Pygmy Hippo Goes Swimming At Melbourne Zoo

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Comedy

It turns out there's nothing more soothing that the soft splashing sound of a baby pygmy hippo going for a swim. Who knew? Little Obi is the latest...

This Little Girl Is About To Wish She Hadn't Taunted These Gorillas

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 20.04.2015 | UK

If you've ever visited the gorilla enclosure at a zoo you'd be forgiven for assuming that big thick bit of glass between you and them was strong enoug...

Mischievous Monkey Takes Down Drone Flying In Zoo Enclosure

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Tech

A cheeky chimpanzee has been filmed knocking a drone out of the sky as it filmed him and his pals in an enclosure at Burgers' Zoo in the Netherlands. ...

Circus Animals - 10 Reasons the Show Must Go On

Douglas McPherson | Posted 02.05.2015 | UK
Douglas McPherson

Circuses with wild animals are strictly regulated by a licensing scheme, introduced in 2012, that sees them inspected by vets six times a year (twice unannounced) with the results available online. Every aspect of the animal's life, diet and accommodation is governed by strict guidelines.

Three Reasons Why Zoos Need to be More Compassionate

Georgina Allen | Posted 13.04.2015 | UK
Georgina Allen

Zoos carry out conservation, they rescue animals, they educate people and delight millions of visitors a year. But a vast number of zoos are also responsible for immense cruelty, open the door to illegally sourced wildlife and capture wild animals for our pleasure. Is keeping of animals in captivity the ultimate oxymoron animal welfare?

Japanese Zoo Rehearses Escaped Animal Drill... With A Bloke In A Onesie

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Comedy

A Japanese zoo has continued its tradition of going over-the-top on staff training days. Tama Zoo in Tokyo often make the headlines with their uniq...

5 Reasons Why Zoo Animals in Malaysia Need Our Help

Georgina Allen | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Georgina Allen

It will take concerted effort and continued effective education, cooperation, training and support to meet these new regulatory standards and give all captive wild animals in Malaysia a better chance at a happier and healthier life.

Let's Weigh in on the Cruelty in Zoos

Mimi Bekhechi | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK
Mimi Bekhechi

Zoos are based on the menageries of old and harken back to a time when Europeans used to pillage other continents and steal their treasures. Zookeepers today must recognise that their business model is dying and stop pretending that zoos make meaningful contributions to conservation.

The Non-Human Rights Movement Is Exciting, But We Must Tread Carefully

Georgina Allen | Posted 06.03.2015 | UK
Georgina Allen

I genuinely believe applying personhood protection to non-human animals is a wonderful concept, which I support wholeheartedly if it continues to drive forward better welfare practices and respect for animals in general. The downfall will be if it only mediates a short-term change to a few individual animals.

Overcoming Our Differences to Tackle Poor Animal Welfare in Zoos

Georgina Allen | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK
Georgina Allen

There is enough political, cultural and organisational inertia already in the world acting as a barrier to improved animal welfare, and by working collaboratively on more mutually agreed projects, we can start to overcome these problems and really make a difference.

'Neo-Nazi' Mauled By Lion

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK

A man - reported to be a neo-Nazi demonstrator - has been seriously injured after climbing into lion enclosure at Barcelona Zoo. Dressed in an army...

This Sleeping Panda Being Woken Up By A Squirrel Is The Short-But-Sweet Video Of The Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Comedy

"Someone told me it's all happening at the zoo," sang Paul Simon. And he wasn't wrong. Yes, you don't see nearly enough videos of squirrels waki...

Watch The Amazing Moment A Bear Rescued A Drowning Crow

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.08.2014 | UK Comedy

Now, we know what you're thinking: 'Surely he doesn't rescue the crow so much as retrieve it from the water in order to eat it?' But just take a lo...

Grasping the Fleeting Moments

April Xiaoyi Xu | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
April Xiaoyi Xu

This blog post will feature a selection. Like snapshots, these will include my personal experience, favourite songs, and books... an opportunity for keeping track of my ideas, and hope that you will enjoy it by reflecting on the fleeting moments of life, and seizing the enjoyable parts.

Lion Rescued From Romanian Zoo Mauled To Death By Lionesses

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK

Poor Johnny the lion. He escaped a sad life living in squalid conditions at a Romanian zoo, coming to Britain for a fresh start, only to be mauled to ...

Zoos in Europe Kill 5,000 Healthy Animals Annually

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK

Zoos in Europe kill between 3,000 and 5,000 perfectly healthy animals every year, according to a new revelations. When Copenhagen Zoo put down a he...

British Zoo 'Saddened' By Death Of Marius

PA | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK

A wildlife park in Britain today said it was "saddened" to hear that a zoo in Denmark has killed a healthy giraffe because of rules imposed by a Europ...

I'm an Animal Lover but Welcome News That the Escaped Wolves From Colchester Zoo Are Dead

Victoria Martindale | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Martindale

Not to want to see these wolves dead is ultimately to want to see them returned to captivity and a life sentence of imprisonment. Those protestors are as guilty of animal cruelty as the zoo keepers themselves who exploit animals for human pleasure in the first place.

Baby Panda Meets Its Mother, Looks Like It Might Get Eaten...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Comedy

Zookeepers in Taiwan's zoo introduced a month-old baby panda cub to her mother. It looked like it might all go horribly wrong for a second......

WATCH: Giant Panda Gets Cake For Birthday Treat

ITN | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK

A giant panda is given a birthday cake at San Diego Zoo. Yun Zi happily tucked into the dessert made of apple, sweet potato and bamboo....

Baboon Shot Dead After Zoo Escape

PA | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK

A baboon was shot dead on Sunday when it escaped from a UK zoo. The baboon was killed after it managed to climb over the perimeter fence at Knowsle...

Zoo Worker Dies After Tiger Attack

PA | Posted 24.07.2013 | UK

A zoo worker who was injured in a tiger attack at an animal park in Dalton-in-Furness has died, Cumbria Police said today. The 24-year-old woman wa...

Pictures Of The Day: 29th April 2013

Elliot Wagland, Tahira Mirza, Matthew Tucker | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK

The Huffington Post pictures of the day brings you the very best images from around the world chosen by our own photo editors, Elliot Wagland, Matthew...