UK Zoos

Who Really Is The Saddest Animal In Captivity?

Georgina Allen | Posted 18.08.2017 | UK
Georgina Allen

Lately I've been experiencing déjà vu. It seems every article I read on animal welfare concerns in zoos or aquariums is titled something along the l...

Zoo Where Keeper Died Had Been 'Told To Improve Emergency Communications'

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 31.05.2017 | UK

The zoo where a keeper was killed after a tiger entered the enclosure she was in had reportedly been told to improve its emergency communications. Ros...

Beloved SeaWorld Polar Bear Dies Weeks After Companion Is Moved To Zoo

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK

A beloved polar bear has died unexpectedly this week at SeaWorld in San Diego, just weeks after its companion was moved to a zoo. Szenja, a 21-year-ol...

Meerkats You See In Zoos Are At Great Risk Of Stress

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Tech

In the last decade, meerkats have seen a public relations revival, appearing in adverts, films and not to mention a starring role in David Attenboroug...

What Does The Zoo Mean To You?

Dr Daniel Allen | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK
Dr Daniel Allen

'Well-run zoos are an aid to animals and are not detrimental to their well-being', 'indeed, in many cases, zoos will turn out to be the last refuge of...

South Lakes Safari Zoo REFUSED Licence After 500 Animal Deaths In 4 Years

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK

Local councillors have rejected an application for a new licence for a zoo where almost 500 animals died within four years. David Gill, who founded So...

Harrowing Report Names Cumbrian Zoo Where 500 Animals Died In 4 Years

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK

There are calls for a zoo where almost 500 animals have died in four years to be refused a new licence. The deaths at South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton...

Japanese Zoo Slammed By Wildlife Campaigners After Culling 57 Snow Monkeys

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 23.02.2017 | UK

Wildlife campaigners have slammed staff at a Japanese zoo for deciding “which animals live and die” after 57 snow monkeys were culled by lethal in...

What Are Zoos For?

Sue Cross | Posted 20.08.2017 | UK
Sue Cross

Some zoos try to imitate the animal's natural habitat...but however large an enclosure, it can tell nothing of the scale of the captive animal's natural environment or how they behave in the wild.

These Animals Are Trapped Inside A Chinese Shopping Centre

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK

This white bear is one of a number of animals trapped inside a shopping centre in Guangzhou, China. A wolf, arctic foxes, beluga whales and walrus ca...

The 'World's Saddest Polar Bear' Dies After Decades In Argentine Zoo

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK

The "world's saddest polar bear" has died after more than 20 years in captivity despite more than 1 million people calling for him to be moved to a mo...

Don't Stay Away From Zoos - They Are a Vital Resource

Dr Stefano Vaglio | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK
Dr Stefano Vaglio

In my opinion however, society would be a far worse off place without the existence of modern zoos. It is time to celebrate and promote the richness of these resources for the communities, environment and biodiversity - not turn people away from them.

If You Love Animals, Can You Actually Visit A Zoo Ethically?

The Huffington Post | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK

Last weekend, a 17-year-old western lowland gorilla called Harambe was shot dead at a zoo in the US after a child entered his enclosure. The killing ...

Gorilla Shooting Zoo Defends Actions As Mother Of Child Says 'Accidents Happen'

The Huffington Post | Christopher York | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK

The zoo behind the shooting dead of a critically-endangered gorilla after a child fell into its enclosure has defended its decision. Cincinnati Zoo in...

Graphic Photos Show What Happens To Animals Abandoned In Gaza Zoo

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK

This article contains images some may find disturbing Starvation and disease in a Gaza zoo has left its enclosures littered with the mummified co...

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

Claire Bass | Posted 16.10.2016 | 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 16.08.2016 | 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.