Zoos have come along way from their menagerie past. But society is increasingly demanding they become agents of conservation rather than entertainment.
Swimming in synchrony is a fundamental social behaviour for dolphins and is thought to reinforce their bonds.
A new study of captive dolphins has found that those engaging in synchronised swimming make more optimistic judgements about an unknown event.
Devils released back onto the Tasmanian mainland in the next step to fight the deadly DFTD disease.
Wildlife Management Branch, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Some animals bred in captivity often lack the skills needed to survive in the wild. But the Tasmanian devil is showing it's a natural born killer.
No more breeding, but still on exhibit.
The history of displaying exotic animals seems to be one of evolving public expectations about what constitutes acceptable conditions. Is it a case of the more things change, the more they stay the same?
Mike Blake / Reuters
No one wants animals to suffer, but it is notoriously difficult to measure their welfare.
Documentaries are fragile things, easily blown into obscurity or silenced by the sheer weight of corporate power.
The lion bone trade in South Africa is on the rise.
Making tiger trade illegal has had unintended consequences on lions. The problem has escalated over the last few years.
The debate on whether animals should be kept in captivity or not continues to rage on.
Some say that keeping wild animals in captivity is cruel. Others believe they promote conservation and give people a link to nature.
Pandas breed in the wild after fighting off competition from other males – something they're denied in captivity.
The last of five hundred juvenile Western Swamp Tortoises to be bred in captivity over the last decade in WA has been released…
The royal touch - The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, meet Leuca the Koala during a visit to Taronga Zoo, in Sydney, last month.
Everyone loves to get close to a koala. They are an Australian icon and a major ecotourism attraction. A photo with a koala is a holiday must for many overseas visitors. But how well do these celebrity…